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General News / April 20, 2020

Northern Irish producer CHERUBIM shares astral new project ‘AXIS’

General News / April 20, 2020

Northern Irish producer CHERUBIM shares astral new project ‘AXIS’

The young artist has combined various styles to create his own patient and spaced-out soundscapes.

In these anxious times, more than ever we are turning to the calmer side of the musical spectrum to bring some relief.

Residing in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland, producer CHERUBIM is providing calm sonic landscapes for the darker days, informed by the likes of BONES, Clams Casino and MISOGI. His latest offering ‘AXIS’ is a short blast of serene, metallic sounds, tuning into a wide spectrum of synthetic sounds.

Layering running hi hats over synths that feel at home in another cosmos he’s created a project motivated by electronic artists that have routinely produced immersive worlds capable of providing respite for any tender nervous systems.

‘AXIS’ contains chimes early in the piece that are a nod to Four Tet’s latest work ‘Sixteen Oceans’. Later containing muddied, vocal drones on ‘Trident’ that are unsettling initially, but almost hypnotic in nature bringing a welcomed switch up in tone and pacing.

Keenly aware that he’s at the formative stages of his career, CHERUBIM used the EP to gauge where he was at creatively.

I wanted to create something that would last and that I can look back on and be proud of where I was at creatively, like ‘measuring’ or labelling something on an axis if that makes sense,” he said.

“The project evolved a lot from the beginning to end as the process lasted quite an extended period of time because I never quite felt it was finished so I kept fiddling with small things in the tracks. The creative process mostly stemmed from and is rooted in the atmosphere the melodies create and how they are arranged, that sort of set the tone for the whole piece, a lot of that was done through mixing process and gelling sounds together, as I said before this project was done over an extended period of time so that is one thing that kept the tracks cohesive.”
“When I listen to the project back I always feel as if I am creating it again, it takes me back to that moment, the process is ingrained into the piece. At the time I was sort of bored and tired with my routine and I think that provided some expressiveness and energy that the project has, as it was the only way I was finding that type of feeling.”
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