Rory Mcpike- Tired Sounds LP (Free)
Free label Manifesto music have moved away from their d&b roots for their 9th release, a full length ambient electronica album from Melbourne based Rory Mcpike. At thirteen tracks, weighing in at well over an hour, it’s an album in it’s truest sense, creating an almost hypnotic vibe with intricate details, clicks and atmospheres that sometimes hold their own weight and at others float over mellow, house influenced beats.
It’s one of those releases you can plug in and zone out to almost to the point of sleep. That’s not to say it’s boring, but Rory just puts your mind into the exact state he wants it to be with each beautiful downbeat melody taking you further and further down the rabbit hole. He crafts an atmosphere so well from one down beat melody to the next that it flows in a similair way to Burial albums and definitely needs to be listened to in it’s entirety to fully appreciate.
After the breathlessly beatless intro track, fittingly named One, he moves through various stages of an androids most pleasant dream effortlessly. The incredible, yet understated, melodies of Sonner really stood out to me, a deep house style track that treads that fine tightrope of getting your feet nodding and yet keeping you relaxed enough so as not to spoil the mood. Space is the Place is the one track that perhaps steps slightly over that line. Fittingly placed in the middle of the album with a ragga tinged vocal sample and more dubby beats, it snaps you back to reality as if just to prove that he can take you back down into hypnosis again. Something he of course succeeds in during the later stages with the crackling, smoked out track Jazz Breaks and the ambient vocal snatches of Delphine Dreams.
It’s a release from Manifesto that once again shows their skill in curating top quality music, for the cost of absolutely nothing. The fact that it’s such a hefty release length wise also really adds that extra element, meaning it becomes an album in the sense that even many paid for releases aren’t these days. It’s thoughtful, smooth and intricate to the point that I’d have been happy exchanging hard earned for it.
Go grab it over at the Manifesto website.