SPRINGTIDE – “LIGHT OFF / MOVE ON”

On “Light Off / Move On” the Japanese experimental / post-rock artist Springtide interprets the installation work “The Tenth Sentiment” by artist Ryota Kawakubo through digital manipulation of his guitar, a strong lead bass line and skittering drum patterns throughout. Kawakubo’s work relies on shadows to illustrate an entire world of miniatures that exist in frozen silence. As a response to, or almost a soundtrack of, “The Tenth Sentiment”, Springtide fills in the gaps with lively percussion, a walking bass line and guitars that are bent, stretched and duplicated through the use of extensive digital manipulation. Springtide’s guitar work moves beyond any type of standard riffage instead takes several shapes and tones made possible through digital processing – it bends into impossible shapes of length and speed, attacks with a furious doubling of itself at the song’s chorus and mimics several sounds only a synthesizer could make. 

There is a sense of motion throughout the entire track that seems to move with the speed with the vehicle that illuminates Kawakubo’s work. I imagine some kind of Powasqqatsi style montage of movement throughout the entire imagined community. It’s a type of locomotion that is first introduced with the song’s lead bass line – a springy but sparse melody that pushes the entire track along at it’s own internal pace.  From there drum machines and guitar shade the rest, but the entire track is held under sway by the bass line. 

Springtide’s latest offering is a brilliant response to a truly moving piece of art. An unbridled and imaginative work that reinterprets a black and white world into one bursting and convulsing with colors. 

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