Time doesn’t seem to have hindered Riverz End’s progress, however, as Transfer is a tranquilized blend of sonic experiments, broken synthesizers, detailed ambience and scattered blips and bleeps..
Time, space, distance and gravitational pulling has Riverz End (Roman Kolesnikov) displaying a new venture into atmospheric electronics via Russia’s Lagunamuch—five years after the release of his debut (Possible) described as “a collection of thick, spacious ambient and yet detailed electronica.” Time doesn’t seem to have hindered Riverz End’s progress, however, as Transfer is a tranquilized blend of sonic experiments, broken synthesizers, detailed ambience and scattered blips and bleeps.
The ongoing expansion of genres and sub-genres has elevated new plateaus of music adhering to a wider scope of listeners. This expansion allows for intricate creations that bend, twist and contort into renewed formations. Such is the case on Transfer—a smorgasbord of audio delicacies that ricochets from one period to the other while forging forward.
“n+1” opens with its haze of industrialized bass splatters, disjointed high-hats, clanging and rhythmic lava flow. The title track sways through upfront beatwork and eventual decay as a swarm of digitized drones and sparkling strands take shape. “Overlook” breaks the classic IDM mold and also rips apart in its final descent to a mystical world. “Sad Sailer” reveals encrusted tweaks, vintage synth’s and a wave of minimized percussive distractions.
Relying less on post-industrial landscapes—as the closing “Minor” might depict—Transfer exudes atmospheric pressure and balances beautiful distortions among organized electrical activity. As the cover-art reveals, Riverz End releases a flurry of analog-to-digital clouds drifting within a centralized prism of light. And while several analogies could be derived, each listener is sure to leave with their own conclusion as to how these sounds will transfer into the subconscious. With only a couple of albums on the table, Riverz End’s focuses on surreal panoramas that offsets each piece to elevate its own skewed trajectory. A satisfying cavern of organized confusion with a minimized curtain of splendor.