Benwaa – Sepia Woodlands [GIB038]
Label: Gibbon Records
Release date: 2018-01-15
Catalog number: GIB038
Benwaa creates driving bass-lines set against crunchy percussion that leads us to anything but a sepia soundscape. Tension and percussive grooves hold a movement that’s somehow deep and yet uplifting too, the same with the hopeful and reaching for the new dawn vibe of the melodic that grows and weaves into the piece.
We’re treated to not one, but two wonderful remixes.
The first is from Gibbon regular, Drew Miller. He presents a live feeling edit, and draws on the darker side of the original for his inspirations. Wooden percs reminiscent of the original leads us through a path to a synth’d out glade occupied by a sparkling mystery before taking us back among the trees for the furthering of our adventure.
Carl Higson finalizes the remixes with his interpretation. Literally taking us outdoors to join the inhabitants of his auditory woodlands. Birds sampled against distant trains and the chugging of the building elements into what becomes a rather beautiful psychedelic journey altogether, embracing the more colourful side of the original, Higson skillfully creates a trip we can all share together.
To round off the EP, Benwaa gives a progression of the original track with his B-side Rainbow Woodlands. An altogether more emotive feeling piece that feels organic throughout and a familiarity in its melancholic tones which hark of what only the Welsh can describe as Hiraeth.
The artwork for this release is provided by Xflo:w, a world renowned and award winning photographer based in Berlin. This is the second on a journey of covers provided by him to compliment the aural delights within each release, so keep an eye out for his wonderful art! https://www.facebook.com/xflow.eu/