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Review: Peripheral Method – ‘Moon’

by admin August 26, 2020

Review: Peripheral Method – ‘Moon’

An enigmatic sound artist and producer from California, Peripheral Method is a rare breed of artist who lets their music do the talking for them. A unique creative force with a penchant for re-working modern pop hits into diverse EDM-infused anthems, Peripheral Method has already staked their claim with several versions of The Chainsmokers’ ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, but now they’re taking a different tact, returning to original compositions with a diverse and expansive three-track EP.

Titled ‘Moon’, the new EP ushers in a shift in Peripheral Method’s sound, bringing to the fore a more ambient and visceral digital sound. Opening with ‘Lost Name’, the EP breaks ground with a scattered electronic mix that combines subtle trip-hop influences with more passive digital melodies. A chaotic and fiercely unique piece, ‘Lost Name’ clings to a transient central melody that breaks away in waves, constantly tearing itself apart and remerging as something new. It’s a well-cultivated mess of sounds and inspirations, announcing the new EP with an unyielding and unapologetic showing of creative force.

Second cut ‘Circles’ follows in a similar music vein, building its atmospheric sound on a deft series of nuanced percussive strikes and faded vocals loops. A far less colourful track than it’s predecessor, ‘Circles’ shifts the focus of the EP with a delicate balance of organic sounds and staggered electronics, slowly creating an inescapable soundscape that rewards more persistent listeners.

Ending with the most dynamic track of the EP, ‘Moon’ begins as a deceptively conventional electronic anthem infused with dark soulful overtones, but throughout its six-and-a-half-minute run, it becomes so much more. Shifting gear to become an overpowering melee of rhythmic spirals and haunting vocal tricks, it quickly becomes a constantly changing soundscape of sonic atmospherics, reverberating digital tones, and cluttered musical spaces.

For those only acquainted with Peripheral Method’s remixes of modern pop anthems, ‘Moon’ might comes as a bit of a surprise. By cutting out the conventional pop appeal, Peripheral Method has made room for more creative and abstract ideas, bolding shirking commercial success for artistic honesty. It’s a brave move and one that you can’t help but be impressed by.

You can stream ‘Moon’ in full on Spotify, Bandcamp, and all major platforms today.

Score: 7.5/10

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