There’s a fine line between music that’s boring and music that’s subtly intriguing, dull and enjoyably mellow. It’s hard to precisely define–part of it rests in sound selection, part of it rests in the dynamism of a composition, and much of it relies on listener mood.
Brighton producer Acquaintance runs along this razor’s edge, ultimately creating something well-suited for rainy days, quiet nights, and whatever your idea of the opposite of the phrase “turn up” is. Focusing on texture and atmosphere, he routinely stretches tracks on his new Parapsychology EP to considerable lengths (two of the four songs clock in at over eight minutes long), creating sound beds for so-inclined listeners to lose themselves in. Closing track “Hieronymous Machine” showcases Acquaintance at peak powers, painstakingly crafting sounds that morph and move as the track progresses, never rising above a cool pulse while remaining intriguing through its various parts.
If you need a break from the day, turn on Acquaintance’s Parapsychology and tune out.