Tuesday, 27 August 2013

iamforest - Driven Out EP

iamforest is the electronic music project of Luke Hartle, a musician and producer from Vancouver, Canada.

Whilst early Bandcamp releases favoured vocal folktronica, Hartle's recent direction has seen him champion a brand of stylish electro that nestles somewhere between chillwave and lush, textured synthpop. And it's here that iamforest seems to have found its niche - firstly with 2012's sparkling, self-titled EP and latterly with the three-track follow up, Driven Out.

Set atop a subtle backdrop of crackling vinyl, the Driven out EP blurs blissed-out melodies with lo-fi beats to produce a work comparable with Washed Out and Chad Valley's Equatorial Ultravox. Its title track shimmers amidst Hartle's hushed vocals, sending fizzing synths over delicate guitar strokes; whilst Goliath (featured track, below) sends tumbling basslines through a wall of glo-fi magic.

The EP closes with rippling synths and fuzzy edged beats as Versions provides a further slice of blissed-out electro-pop.

Driven out EP is available as a name-your-price download through Bandcamp, and you can follow the artist on Tumblr, Facebook and Soundcloud.

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