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Cat No: SNFL001
Artist: Throwing Snow
Title: Clamor EP
Format: 12" & Digital
Release Date: 13th August 2012
B2 Brook (Gold Panda Remix)
Ross Tones aka Throwing Snow here launches his own new label with the Clamor EP. Across three tracks and one remix from Gold Panda, the release continues to explore the simultaneously frosty yet comforting sonic landscapes that have won him plenty of plaudits (including the likes of Giles Peterson and Thom Yorke) since first emerging in 2010.
As for the new label itself, Snowfall will be something solely curated by Ross; something free from the usual A&R constraints of working for other labels. It will be tied together only by his unique tastes, meaning anything goes from noise to techno to juke to bass to way beyond all of the above. Furthermore, the label will also offer more than just music, be it different release formats, clothes lines and more.
The inaugural EP, Clamor (a Latin word meaning 'loud outcry’ or ‘shout') sees Ross travel yet further outside his usual sphere without straying too far from his trademark textures, drawing on rock-like arrangements whilst at the same time fusing elements of electronica at all available opportunities.
The title track sounds set in some huge open church for the way it echoes and resonates with an untold spirituality. A clatter of tumbling drums bring darkness down below whilst glissando keys and brutish percussion bring a delightfully staccato rhythm up top. ‘Perca’ is alive with busy strings and mutant voices, underlapping claps and plenty of texture adding found sounds: challenging and complex music, it still somehow manages to strike a very human chord.
‘Brook’ meanwhile, glistens like water at the seaside; plucked strings and muffled voices lurk in the shadows and the whole thing sounds like Shlohmo and Fly Lo taking a beach holiday in the Caribbean. Closing out the EP Gold Panda returns a remix favour and strips back ‘Brook’ to a lurching, syncopated and lo-fi hip-house groove that rings out into the night.
Not only another great EP from Throwing Snow, but this release also likely marks the start of something great in Snowfall...