Sometimes electronic music can get short circuited by its own intellectualism, where high concepts and technical processes become the focus. Canadian music producer and audio-visual artist Timothy Gowdy’s work may take the profound as a springboard and it certainly involves a fair share of technological high jinks but these aren’t the defining features. What makes T. Gowdy’s releases stand out is the resonance within his soundscapes, there is something to grasp hold of and relate to in his recordings.
His debut for Constellation, ‘Therapy With Colour’, was an album that unrolled as you listened, the curling plumes of pastoral and tidal electronica seeking some hypnotic resolution. Now momentum is building around the release of his new collection ‘Miracles’ available again on Constellation from June 3rd. Using source material from a live audio-visual piece he developed from surveillance footage, the indications are that Gowdy’s gaze on this new record may have shifted from ethereal escapes to more urbanised tensions.
First preview track from ‘Miracles’, ‘Deneigeuse’,brought some confirmation of this musical refocus towards motorised velocity and follow up ‘Vidisions’ reveals similar kinetic motivation. Pounding confidently in the 120/140 bpm zone with skipping twang of a reverberating electro-snare close by, the tune maintains the pace while making you look over your shoulder. Meticulous glitches and stitches, stealthy stutters and stops, T. Gowdy is exploring something impending here that’s enticing and irresistible.
Pre-order ‘Miracles’ by T.Gowdy from you local record shop or direct from: https://tgowdy.bandcamp.com/album/miracles