My two favorite things to premiere in the morning are liquid drum & bass and ambient downtempo. Why? Because both imbue a sense of calm energy that wakes you up gently and gives you the necessary drive to keep your afternoon going strong. Today, we premiere krakaur‘s “spiral” off his upcoming ambient experimental album with minimal label Youngbloods.
If you have the system to play this one in an open room, do it. You really get a sense for the intricacies; the tiny accents float around the room, ricocheting off the walls like playful sprites.
I made “spiral” at the end of February last year. I always thought of the track as a downward spiral, starting floaty on the surface, and with Fibonacci guidelines, plummets down to a darker inside, and then an even darker inside shortly after where the song ends.
“Spiral” is a battle cry for the lonely. An outward display of strong emotion.
I was playing a lot of Final Fantasy X around that time. The weather was cold, gray and rainy, so I was holed up in my college apartment. The track started with me playing around on an old toy keyboard, all resampled in Ableton. The music is definitely a product of isolation and loneliness.