Friday 13 September 2019

LOFT - sSLABicks

There’s a point about two minutes into the third track off of LOFT’s most recent EP and departt from mono games where a shimmering chord rises from the stuttering and thundering surface of the track. In most writing about LOFT aka Aya Sinclair’s work, this “stuttering and thundering” is described as the producer’s tendency towards “experimentalism.” That is a claim I will not dispute. The more I listen to “sSLABicks,” however, the more I’m convinced that LOFT has turned everything on its head. The more I listen, the more I feel comforted by what might seem to be the chaotic mess of percussion and samples that make up much of the piece. And the more I listen, the more I actually feel overwhelmed by the ultra-clean, shimmering light of the chord that pushes through two minutes in. This is what I love about LOFT’s music. It remains sincere, but without trying to assert a “difficulty” in experimentalism. In “sSLABicks,” I believe that you can hear the joy of experiment. And that joy is what makes this track and the whole EP something worth listening to. 

Contributed by K. M.

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