REVIEW: Nick Andrew’s “Catch & Release EP”

 photo NickAndrew_cover_zps29dc9a86.jpg There are times when I feel people have taken advantage of the ease and convenience of electronic music, to the point where so-called DJ’s are making 40M+ just by standing on stage, touching a button, dancing around to something they didn’t create. Then there are those who utilize technology to make incredible music. Bellingham, Washington’s Nick Andrew is one of those people.

His Catch & Release EP brings together instrumentation and sampled sources to create something that’s not just someone pressing a few keys on a keyboard, laying a much-used beat over it and saying “this is my next hit single, dance to it.” There is musicality, and by saying that I mean there’s a lot of thought and time put into these songs. Each of the songs here are like musical books in that there beginnings, middle, and proper endings, but endings that you don’t want to fade out or segue into the next song. You want these tracks “to be continued” because they’re so good, and one could imagine him doing two to three hour sets on his music alone. One person on Soundcloud compared Anderw to Bibio, but one could also throw in a Metalheadz reference and say it’s Goldiesque, or maybe it’s The ORB or 808 State. Then again, one can hear hints of a wide range of different things from 8-bit riffs to synth oceans that titillate as it accents the hi-hats and snare at every snap, then moves elsewhere all within the same song. Then you realize you’re in another song with slide mood shifts. The most noticeable shift comes with the title track, with what sounds like an amplified and distorted guitar riff getting into something electronic based, then a male voice that may have been sampled from a hip-hop or dancehall track, all placed over a rhythm section that makes you want to tap or stroll in unison. It is then you feel that things sound as if they were influenced by electronic music from the 1970’s, or the 90’s, or now, or the future, to where you just don’t care where the sounds are coming from. It moves you because the songs are designed in a cinematic manner, or at least you can picture the songs as scenes and you listen so that you can see how it concludes. Then you don’t, you just want things to last as long as possible. It’s quite amazing. This may be Andrew’s debut release, but he sounds as if he has been making music for the last 10 to 20 years, if not longer. He is “seasoned”, and I can’t wait to hear how he’ll move along in the years ahead.

(The Catch & Release EP can be streamed in full below, and is being made available for free by clicking here {53.4mb}.)

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