Spacey Sounds to Entrance You
On Hip Mobility, Quindar are inspired, and it’s very clear by what: the sounds of outer space fill this album. Quindar is a producer/art historian duo made up of Mikael Jorgensen and James Merle Thomas, respectively. While it may seem like a strange pairing for an electronic album, part of Quindar’s success is due to the group’s unique composition. They have come together to create music inspired by quindar tones, which are sounds that NASA used to communicate through radio during the Apollo missions. The result is a relaxing, trance-like feel that can put listeners in a great mood and take them to the stars.
The unique focus of this album is something that definitely influenced its cohesiveness and flow. Each song embodies the elements and images we have of outer space in order to create a different mood. Some of the best compositions on the album are those which embody the serenity and emptiness of space. “Body Techniques” is the first track on the album to really scratch that itch. Its echoing effects and fading synths embody the calmness of space while still driving listeners forward with a nice beat. Right after that is another song that embodies serenity, but in a different way. “Italian Conversation” is a perfect example of the duo’s ability to give each track a unique mood, one that permeates the entire project. The song stands out in comparison to “Body Techniques” because it perfectly blends a great beat, guitar sample and the quindar tone-inspired synth lead to deliver a relaxing track that embodies the blissfulness of outer space. It is the sweeter flip side of the prior song’s coin.
Every track is not a total success, but one has to give credit to Quindar for taking on such a unique premise and delivering a project with such personality. The album features a diverse set of songs that feel fairly different from one another. One example of this is “Oranganus,” which could easily find a home at a techno rave. For those looking for something with an interesting backstory and feel to it, look no further than this project right here. Hip Mobility goes past the novelty of an idea like this and actually asserts itself as great music that is independent of the concept behind it. You won’t regret giving it a listen.