Asheville-based producer and instrumentalist Marley Carroll has stepped up significantly for his latest release R&S/Cedars. Between tours with forward-thinking producers and notable festival appearances, he has been honing his thoughtful style of propulsive electronic music in quiet reflection behind the boards. The sound of the release lines up well with his onstage performances, exercises in understated talent that mix live vocals with stunning and unorthodox turntablist skills, all over a bed of melancholy electronica.R&S is a brooding, cavernous post-dubstep affair. Slinking sub-bass synths lays the groundwork, peppered with handclaps, woodblocks, 808 toms, and a detuned Rhodes, while disembodied vocal samples pop in and out of focus. The track evokes a late-night ride home from the club, or a solitary reflection on relationships past. Stylistically it falls in line with the work of the signature UK artists like Untold and James Blake. R&S has already received significant pre-release exposure, appearing most notably on Shigeto’s recent BTS Radio Podcast.
'Water Drumming'continues to explore Carroll’s organic uptempo horizons. Supported by a thick bed of water field recordings and held together by a solid central snare, the track forges ahead with the weight of a moving train. Rhythmically-intricate 808 kicks, toms, rim shots, snares playfully revolve around each other as a hazy synth chords hover in the back. The track walks along the same paths as material by artists like Gold Panda.