Throwing Snow - Mosaic
Houndstooth release Throwing Snow's debut album, 'Mosaic'. The artist sought variety not only in the production and overall instrumental sound of his tracks, but also by changing the shape of his record by adding a multitude of vocalists who form a key part of 'Mosaic'. Adda Kaleh appears again on the more introspective but nonetheless D&B tinged album cut 'Maera' while Kid A's mesmerizing, haunting vocals grace the appropriately named 'Hypnotise'. 'The Void' features rising UK talent Jassy Grez declaring "I don't want forgiveness" to heart-trembling effect and Py's pitched down tones meld with delicately building layers of feedback and murky beats on 'As You Fall'. And on a non-lyrical collaboration, save for some ghostly sighs, Tones' fellow RMBA alumni, US duo KNOX, guest on the atmospheric 'Draugr' which evolves from sparse, icy chimes to a percussive maelstrom, its dying breath giving way to album closer 'Saltare (Parts 1 and 2)', the latter forming an uplifting melody-led conclusion to this evocative patchwork of sounds and atmospheres. In as much as earlier EP 'Pathfinder' was intended to be listened to on journeys, 'Mosaic' is very much a continuation of this feeling, as the overall sound and feel matters more than the pinpointing of any one genre. As with 'Pathfinder', the titles on 'Mosaic' are meant to reflect the music itself, as 'The Tempest' builds and roars into a stormy oblivion before 'Linguis' whirls with layers while also reflecting the Latin meaning for tongues or languages and nodding to Steve Reich's evolving rhythmic patterns. The album also reflects an interest in mythology, from 'Maera' (Icarus' hound in Greek myth) to 'Draugr' ('the walking dead' in Icelandic,) further indicating the full, rounded quality to 'Mosaic', an impressive debut from one of the UK's most unique electronic artists.