By: Leann Bescript
Finally the time has come for Reed Kackley, a.k.a. Brooklyn producer BAILE, to present us with his sophomore EP, Matter.
Prior to its complete release, our daily allowance of Matter was in the form of three track releases, two of which feature the talented Felicia Douglass of Ava Luna. The third, “Down,” was more of a testament to BAILE’s ear for compositional detail.
All three tracks seemed almost completely their own style, but now witnessing the EP in its entirety, it’s obvious that each track is an artistic concoction meant to blend in a seamless story-arch that you become entranced in without stumbling over any song’s beginning or ending.
It’s very easy to hit play and snap back to reality over a half hour later, only when the intoxicating backbeat completely disappears and, to your dismay, does not return after the mesmerizing synths of “Walls” finally fade to silence.
Matter is something that is entirely immersive. Although, that might be said for any musical experience, BAILE offers us a whole new territory to explore with his unique layering of other-worldly sounds.
“When I’m listening to music I find myself more drawn to individual sounds and textures within a song rather than the songs as a whole” said BAILE about the creation of Matter. “During the writing process, I focus on juxtaposing raw elements like acoustic percussion or a piano with synthetic ones like a gritty pad or a drum machine, creating something that can feel crisp and clean but also organic and natural. It’s about striving for a really open, clear mix where every nuance of each sound can be heard.”
Also featured on Matter are NY-based singers Marie Kim, Jenna Kyle and John LaMonica of Blank Paper. While their voices all have their own style, somehow their individuality compliments BAILE’s idea of combining natural and unnatural sounds. Each different voice is used in various ways, pitched in various tones to create a chorus of electro-hypnosis.
One aspect of the EP as a whole that seems to be BAILE’s signature style is his ability to use the featured singers as not only a lyrical backbone but also an instrument in the electronic fusion of the music. This may have been born from his early beginnings doing remixes of artists such as Daughter, Zhu and Bronze Whale, which catapulted him to the top of Hype Machine charts.
A personal favorite from the EP is the song “Naturally” featuring Jenna Kyle. Her singing is the first thing to come in sweet and echoing in high and low pitches. The lyrics, “I’ll make you wish that (I’ll make you wish that) We could love forever,” precede a dreamy mix of harp and piano keys that immediately sweep you into an uncontrollable sway.
Matter is out now through Brooklyn/L.A.-based label Color Station.