There’s a sense in modern electronic music that people are always striving for something else. As a collective, internet aware listenership, we’re constantly looking for that piece of music to provide inspiration. Whether you’re looking to isolated producers or a group of peers and the work they are currently releasing or you’re digging backwards through the inconceivable archives of recorded music, there’s always a thread that you seem to be chasing down. People don’t really seem all that content to just sit back and explore the realms of what’s possible in the moment. There’s a real emphasis on progression, keeping moving and making new waves, but exploring the possibilities of what’s current is something that is very much in the mind of Berlin resident Call Super (aka JR Seaton), who cements the existence of our Houndstooth label with his four track EP, The Present Tense.
"With every record I sit and write through process. Frankly it’s much like painting. Depending on that process and my mood, things come out a certain way. The present thing is to do with how I feel we live now, and my response to that. It’s to do with being in this permanent kaleidoscope of influence, with so many things bouncing off one another and distance being compressed to nothing and that leading to one being bombarded with everything one wishes for culturally. I don't feel retro, or futuristic, or anything because of that. Because of that I feel lost in the present and that’s wonderful." Call Super
As a result, what Seaton does over these four tracks is explore different ideas and channel different energies into his music. On the A-side of the vinyl release ‘Threshing Floor’ pivots on the heavy 4x4 kick drum, with Seaton cloaking it with swathes of sound that shimmer and pulse like they were rippling in a pool and yet ‘Leosengor’ is almost the antithesis of that approach; all bubbles of synthesizer, stuttering stop/start drum patterns and woozing melodies that seem to melt through the spaces the drums create. In fact, the whole EP is a multitude of approaches with ‘Siglo Gray Vision’ and ‘No City Of Choice’ on the B-side further fleshing out the Call Super arsenal with morphing drones and sprawling dial tones on the former and huge chunky drum textures prevailing on the EP closer.
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