Attempts to categorize Actress may be futile; Darren Cunningham’s experimental techno-haze-dream-beat project earned him major critical praise last year with the journey-like full-length R.I.P, a staple on most discerning end-of-year lists. Now we get a taste of what tricks Actress wants to play on our minds this time with the equally mystifying Silver Cloud EP.
The release kicks off with a sequence of blips in a static cloud, repeating like a secret code to activate muted kicks and distant melodies. Every sound on Voodoo Posse Chronic Illusion seems just out of reach, with a brief vocal guide to offer a faint glimmer of hope before everything slowly starts to disintegrate. Floating In Ecstasy is the afterlife of those sounds–shrouded in wind, floating underneath a sample that suggests one hell of a trip. It’s like the music of Burial was turned inside out, hit by a train, and had its pieces scattered in a glorious mess on the tracks–a scary and intriguing thing to behold. Silver Cloud Dream Come True is the most straightforward of the three, an introvertive hip-hop beat that doesn’t have much purpose but still manages to hypnotize.
Like his previous work, Actress’s Silver Cloud EP comes wrapped in uncertainty, but beneath the surface is a producer with meticulous attention to detail. Sound design is on point and the music manages to evoke plenty feeling, however strange it may be. One thing is for certain–Actress’s sound is entirely his own, and it’s impossible not to take notice. Find the vinyl release over at Discogs.