Artist: Stateless [ Spotify ]
Album: Matilda (Ninja Tune, 21 Feb 2011)
Tags: electronic, downtempo, experimental, glitch, my gang rotw
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My new obsession. A band that brings together hard rock, trip hop, jazz, dance and soul to name just a few. This week's recommendation is the lead single, released last November.
Ariel opens with sampled gypsy guitars and heavy beats, morphs into hip-hop trip-hop decorated with glitchy squelches and squeaks from sampled synths and electronica, then moves on to a sparse piano and echoes before returning to the main, thuddingly heavy beat.
The vocals are soulful and downbeat, allowing the glitchy samples to flash and sparkle. The treatment is complex; even after repeat plays, there's still new detail to notice.
Ariel is the goddess of healing and the song is about her conflict with the devil, the battle between good and evil.