Next up on Deep Distance following the rapid fire sell out of the epic, first time vinyl issue of Colin Potter’s seminal “The Scythe” last month, comes the mighty new full length from Norm Chambers’ revered PANABRITE.
The ten track LP is released mid May and has been planned for what seems an eternity since it was granted a Deep Distance catalogue number two years ago. But to say the wait was worthwhile is understated here, this is an incredible set. It features four tracks from two long out of print 2014 cassette only releases; all of which are firm favourites with fans who have bugged Norm to commit to vinyl upon release two years ago.
Emerging from a love of early electronic, concrete and tape music, soundtracks and early new age, Panabrite attempts to create worlds of sound that touch on many elements and moods, from more spatially motivated ambient to aspects of cosmic synth, minimalist composition and improvisation.
In Norm’s own words, he describes “Transfer” as:
“Collecting material that was composed and/or improvised and produced between 2012 and 2014, comprising many tracks there were initially destined for other projects, which then found their way aiming toward a new idea. My thought around the time was to utilize the then-new Magic Echo Music PALette V2 - a rich, powerful analog synth with very expressive characteristics – and incorporate it into my existing synth set up. I wanted to use this synth to really animate and bring out a certain quality in the sound, which ultimately led to a slightly warped synth pop sound, tempered by more ambient interludes and experiments. I ran it through a vocoder, used it as a filter bank for other synths- or just let it do its thing, unhinged. A few of these tracks made it onto cassette releases at the time, however I feel their true home is on this album and in this order. It is somewhat the antithesis to 2014’s “Pavilion“, which was driven by more spacious, subtle and melancholic tendencies. Here the mood favors claustrophobia and propulsion.
The music of “Transfer” is the sound of uninhibited sound blobs being haphazardly shaped into form, sometimes emanating a song-like structure, other times getting stuck on a repetitive pattern, but hopefully creating a cohesive zone”.
A wonderful full length destined like all other work on both label and artists’ back catalogues to disappear super quick. Beautiful clear as glass vinyl in top loader sleeve in an edition of 300 copies.