It is not everyday I get to review a Trip-Hop track. It is one of my favorite forms of music. The genre is a flavor of Electronic. And, despite the name it is not a hallucinogenic-inspired version of Hip-Hop.
Trip-Hop is not really easily defined. It combines live instrumentation with loops, samples, and beats. The music borrows from Jazz, Rock, and various forms of EDM. Think Portishead, Massive Attack, or Tricky. The driving factors in most trip-hop music is creativity, and… well, trippiness.
Norway’s Temperature Falls is clearly well schooled in Trip-Hop, and they get it right with their new track “Guilty/Stability.”
The track starts with a Radiohead inspired mix of acoustic and robotic drums. The beat is joined shortly by a kinetic, picked bass that reminds me of “Fascination Street” era Cure. That rhythm section continues its groove through the entire tune. It works. I love the central role of the bass as primary rhythmic and melodic instrument.
Lead Vocalist, Camilla, enters at the thirty second mark with a hypnotic soprano. Her fluid melody floats through the track, a-la Bjork. Lyrically the song is a meditation on the the dual concept title. She has a beautiful voice. I like how she sustains notes with no vibrato. That’s harder than it sounds. And I like the occasional well placed harmonies.
Atmospheric instruments create a spacey bed for the tune. Guitar, synths and piano hang around the periphery. The supporting cast of psychedelia is a perfect match to Camilla’s dreamy delivery.
Check out the video for “Guilty/Stability”, and follow the links below to get to know Temperature Falls.
Here is what Temperature Falls says about Temperature Falls…
Norwegian/English Rock / Low-Fi / trip-hop band. Big Beats , Big Bass and Gorgeous Female Vocals :- contemporary/experimental rock with a splattering of Trip-Hop/ low-fi and Boom Bap Beats. Norwegian/English music Fusion.
Mixing styles from a wide range of genres, from contemporary to classic artists such as the boom bap beats of classic KRS-One to vocal influences from the likes of Portishead and Sigrid.