Loom – Grade EP
The crackling vocal transmissions of title track ‘Grade’ set the tone for Loom’s ominous soundscapes – over the course of the EP drums whip and crack over an eery tapestry of low end, unsettling pads and obtruse melodies. The cryptic intro to ‘Rain Falls Hard Here’ is soon contextualised by mournful chordal movement baroque indebted melodic lines, while the drum programming of ‘North Star’ rarely settles on one rhythmic point as it’s guided by the interjecting vocal cuts that bridge the different sections. ‘Fukushima’ picks the pace up, with raw synth movement working alongside Loom’s signature harmonic language.
While many artists sample and digest new genres of music in a club setting, Loom discovered grime at the age of 13 while randomly scanning the frequencies of his dad’s radio; a fitting story given the cold war atmospheres, brutalist architecture, urban sprawls and darkness explored in his music. These dark corners are beautifully juxtaposed by playfulness, kineticism, colour and melody to brilliant effect – the sounds discovered by a teenager exploring the night sky via a radio set have rarely translated to music so perfectly.