Theta Series EPv1′ EP – Existente (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Existente_Theta_v1_(album_cover)All bands or artists have their hallmarks and creative signatures, Dave Wesley, the man at the heart of Existente, just seems to have ones which set him a long way apart from the pack, always a good thing in my view.  Long and complex titles more akin to a scientific indexing system, strange accompanying artwork and music which wanders at a brilliantly glacial pace are the ones which immediately spring to mind, again all good with me. Why stick to the mundane when you can develop intrigue and why follow conventions when you can set off down more interesting musical paths.

You could make a good argument that Existente’s output is barely music at all, by any popular, mainstream definition anyway. Much like the infamous violin dragged along a path art-noise experiment, you can’t say that it doesn’t conform to many of the same principles as any other music being made, it is just that it has a sense of other, somewhere between a sonic art instillation and the distant echoes of the big bang picked up by scientific equipment in deep space. It therefore comes as no surprise that they have been created with meditation in mind, ” alpha and theta brainwave meditation tracks encoded with isochronic tones for headphone meditation. “Or you could just put them on in the background and chill out in a less directed fashion.

There is something most primordial about this, something akin to the timeless pulse of the universe or the sound of the earth’s ecosystems communicating through soil and root, wind and water. It is both eerie and intriguing and for all its slow and singular noise, its blend of washes and drones, single notes and singular sounds being stretched and expanded, it is hypnotic and ultimately beautiful.

You can argue over what music is meant to be or you can just accept that it is a broad concept, able to encompass the most vibrant and throw away pop as well as music this minimal, this focused, this thought provoking. And when you do, your life will be all the better for it.

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About Dave Franklin

Musician, scribbler, historian, gnostic, seeker of enlightenment, asker of the wrong questions, delver into the lost archives, fugitive from the law of averages, blogger, quantum spanner, left footed traveller, music journalist, zenarchist, freelance writer, reviewer and gemini. People have woken up to worse.
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