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On his new release, I’ll Be Good EP, Setec utilises found-sound percussion alongside looped guitar and cascading layers of his own voice to create a unique, headphone-focused sonic universe.
“easily fit[s] into the burgeoning generation of new producers tailoring their technique to an organic synthesis of electronic composition with more traditional instruments and textural samples in a pop framework. With the role of vocals and the extent of immersion in the novel moments that heavy sampling creates, Setec has found a strong balance that compliments the cadence and character of his voice, bringing it loudly to the fore or allowing it recede; in both situations either situated at the center of ordered sample conflagrations on repeat or, less dramatically, keeping a jaunty pace with their separate machinations.”
“Whisking away into a rustic parallel world of refracted lights and cascading gamma rays, woollen jackets and snow blindness, the looping and graceful percussive interlay on display, along with Gibbs’ great vocals, evokes likeminded sonic slicers such as Cornelius and The Avalanches.”
“a wonderful collage of “found-sound percussion alongside looped guitar and cascading layers of his own voice”, that ends up as a beautifully chilled-out series of tracks”
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“Beautiful experimental music that is rich with atmosphere.”
Equally as influenced by the complex melodies of Joni Mitchell as he is by the cut-n-paste aesthetic of Cornelius or The Avalanches, Setec (the moniker of Sydney-based solo artist Joshua Gibbs) is a musical attempt to blend the organic with the electronic; to meld the fleeting flickers of the past with nostalgia for a future that is yet to happen.
Having previously released the ambient EP Longer Letters, his music has received attention on both Triple J and FBi Radio, and has been featured in promotional videos for Triple J’s One Night Stand on ABC.
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1. I’ll Be Good (3:07)
2. Vowel of Owl (2:07)
3. Get Out Of Here (3:40)
4. Woodchips (4:24)
Joshua Gibbs – All instruments (guitar, bass, percussion, vocals, melodica, harmonica), production
Sepehr Nabi- Cover Artwork
Paul Butler-Tayar- Mastering
Alexander Tulett- Management
Special thanks to Wood and Wire, Bird’s Robe and New Weird Australia.