It’s been just over two months since last I shared the work of Eric Rigo. His work flits between styles – some tracks are warm progressive house, others exude a serene ambience – and his latest dual EP release further exhibits this diversity of sound. While ‘Boarding Pass‘ offers deliciously smooth housiness, ‘Flight of the Birds‘ showcases Rigo’s producing prowess in equal measure and, being in a particularly chill mood, it is the latter of which I shall write.
The opening piece, at eighty seconds in length, is a brief introduction to the rest of the EP. It gradually weaves together a tapestry of gossamer-fine synths, creating a base layer for Rigo to splash sound upon throughout his next track.
Flight of the Birds, as its name would suggest, is a buoyant and uplifting piece. The little details placed throughout lend it real depth; small spots of glitchy white noise and intangible percussive echoes pan from speaker to speaker. These elements are fastidiously placed amidst blissful crescendo, which in turn is punctuated by the powerful reverberations of a single snare drum.
The final track is a remix from Ukrainian producer Owen Ear, based in Donetsk. He imbues the original with his textural downtempo style, beginning with blue tones that gradually warm as piano is introduced alongside string synths. These swell to bind the core elements of the track together with muted rhythms in the second half until, like the track before it, the music gradually fades into nothingness.
‘Flight of the Birds EP‘ is a succinct dose of serenity and therein lies the problem of many EPs – as soon as you’re settling down to enjoy the soothing ambient sounds, it’s all over. Brevity aside, Rigo’s latest is a beautiful listen that is nothing short of captivating. The EP is available from Beatport through Silk Sofa Music – the chilled/ambient/experimental division of netlabel Silk Sofa who, on a slight tangent, celebrated their sixth birthday in January.
You can steam the EP in full below too. Enjoy losing yourself in its elegant tranquility, albeit for a brief twinkle in the skies of time.
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