Panther Moderns EP

by Steve Moore

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"The eponymous track opens with a minute or so of such synth. It has a dystopian, Bladerunner-esque quality, slowly sucking away whatever cheer you might have had. Mood established, they quickly retreat, allowing a plodding rhythm to take hold. Consisting only of a kick, muted clap and tipsy metronomic synth, this replacement has a Conforce-like feel; simple but impeccably crafted. Moore doesn't seem keen on fancy tricks: The biggest moment in "Panther Moderns" comes when the two lines abruptly re-combine to trudge defeatedly to the finish.

Though composed of relatively bright sounds, "Beyond Tyken's Rift" also carries some feeling of hopelessness; the soundtrack to a crew's valiant self-sacrifice in deep space. Again, this mood is achieved using fairly simple techniques: an abrasive low-end generating the tension, and several trance-inspired arps orbiting rapidly above. What makes it special, however, is how perfectly everything crescendos together. Orchestrated by an uprising cosmic pad, the track's zenith is incredibly natural, inescapably drawing you in, like a looming black hole. "Ancient Shorelines" is even more dramatic, with two arps sprinting frantically alongside one another for eight straight minutes. This in itself in no great feat, but Moore's small supporting cast—irregular kicks, more cosmic pads—add emphasis in all the right places. "
- Nick Connellan, Resident Advisor (4/5)

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released 23 October 2012

Produced by S Moore

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Steve Moore New York, New York

Electronic music composer with releases on Cuneiform, Kompakt, L.I.E.S., Mexican Summer, Relapse, Spectrum Spools and more

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