This is first vinyl effort from Eric Hardiman’s Rambutan project is stellar. This set of eight tunes has been infecting my brain over the past week. Hardiman’s at his absolute best here, mixing divergent styles with ease while keeping “Inverted Summer” delicately interconnected. ”Time Garden” sounds like a long-lost early Ducktails piece in the best possible way as it bends and bubbles effervescently toward a lush horizon. Contemplative tones blanket the solemn “Flying Through Glass” while “Shallow Motion” adds a surprising amount of crunch. Hardiman is juggling so many flaming batons on “Inverted Summer” – each track has its own, distinct atmosphere – that I’m floored at how well he keeps them all in the air. For a project that I’ve followed closely for years and that’s been responsible for numerous quality releases, “Inverted Summer” certainly stands at the top of the heap. Really great stuff. – Brad Rose, Experimedia
RAMBUTAN// “TOPOLOGY” (FABRICA)
A buzzing, psychedelic landscape of electronics. From the album “Inverted Summer.” Video by Rachel Evans. LP forthcoming.
Tidal / Rambutan
Taking full advantage of the side-long capabilities of 12” vinyl, Tidal and Rambutan present two 20 minute tracks that expand and contract, distort and sustain in several different ways. This split LP capitalizes on recent Aguirre successes by Panabrite and Pulse Emitter while simultaneously extracting the melody and pulse those records exhibited to feature the cool, abstracted soundworlds that billowed beneath the surface. Of the two sides, Tidal’s “Sounds of the Future” contribution is much more monolithic as it filters a smudged, mid-level synth drone through banks of reverb and lo-fi recording techniques. Conversely, Rambutan offers a patiently dynamic track that swirls and twists an assemblage of synthesizer debris into a colorful web of sound. By using similar tools in divergent ways, Tidal and Rambutan prove to be fitting counterparts. - Ryan Potts