Throwing Snow Throwing SnowClamor EP
London’s Throwing Snow is somewhat of a versatile man. As a producer he is rather deft and multi-faceted, capable of turning out nimble dancefloor productions as easily as emotionally vibrant compositions, he’s had a hand in a label or two (A Future Without, and his own brand new Snowfall from which this release is taken) and he works in the weird and wonderful greater music business. Oh and he just got admitted into the 2012 edition of the Red Bull Music Academy, a nice recognition of not only his talent but his hard work.
His first release of 2012 is the “Clamor EP”, three brand new tracks completed by a remix from Ghostly’s Gold Panda. The self-titled opener sets the mood somewhere between introspective and dramatic. Percussions slowly float in and mutate into a driving rhythm smudged in a thick layer of ambient melodies before something resembling a drop, but not so obvious, pushes the whole thing forward as looped strings and an aggressive lead up the sense of drama. From the off Throwing Snow shows his talent for combining musical elements that may not seem made for each other at first, going straight for a sweet spot only he hears and crafting a whole track out of it. “Brook” keeps things upbeat with a twist, the producer once more relying on a solid bedding of ambient and atmospheric sounds to anchor the track into a world of its own, as percussion and effected string melodies come in and out of focus and the overall tension and release is played with just as much as the component sounds themselves. “Perca” ends things on as dramatic a note as they started, not least thanks to yet more strings this time coupled with a much more functional driving rhythm. Where others may stop there and focus on what’s most obvious, Throwing Snow pushes further adding vocal samples, amplifying the drama with strange sonic textures and turning the rhythm up to 15. Gold Panda’s remix closes the EP by taking “Brook” into steadier house territories without losing too much of the original’s qualities.
If you consider “Clamor” as a statement of intent for the label, it’s about as good as they get. This is dance music that looks beyond boundaries, beyond allegiances and beyond increasingly unbearable ideas of what’s hot. It’s music that feels very much made for its author first and foremost, and shared as a secondary motive. Importantly that doesn’t make it selfish, rather it imbues the music with a quality often lacking from today’s modern electronic music, a quality that goes beyond the functional and can speak directly to the listener should that person find themselves receptive to the author’s motivation and interests.