Setec (Josh Gibbs) sophomore effort, ‘Atrial Flutters (Or Raise Yr Hand If Yr Afraid)’, finds an artist poised for great things. Continuing to explore his unique artistic vision, ‘Atrial Flutters’ is Setec’s most assured statement to date. The result is sonically rich and expertly considered, yet it has come from a dark and disorienting place.
Setec (pronounced see-tek) has talked openly about his struggles with anxiety and depression, which the album “is both in spite of and indebted to”.
“I remember sitting in a crowded food court with my vision swirling, and my heart fluttering in my chest faster than I knew it could go. That feeling of dissonance; disoriented and overwhelmed: I wanted to translate this into my music. That’s this record.”
Setec describes ‘Atrial Flutters’ as “something that truly feels like an extension of myself; good and bad, neuroses and joy, anxiety and depression. Going into it I knew exactly the textural palette I would be working with: lots of loose, wavy strings and rumbling basses. Samples less intricately placed and more hammered into order. The feeling of taking water off the heat just before it boils.”
Setec’s debut album, ‘Brittle as Bones’, was a slow-burning success, spreading virally online after the lead single, ‘Water or Concrete’ featured in a popular YouTube video. This exposure saw the single gain more than a million streams, mostly from SoundCloud where Setec continues to build a strong fan base.
Equally influenced by the complex pop melodies of Joni Mitchell as he is by the cut-n-paste aesthetic of Cornelius or The Books, Setec melds organic and electronic elements to create beautiful and delicate sound worlds.
Utilising found-sound percussion alongside looped acoustic instruments, crackling samples and cascading layers of his own voice, this is modern music sprinkled with fleeting flickers of the past.
Atrial Flutters (Or Raise Yr Hand If Yr Afraid) is Setec turning nervous energy into a dazzling emotional statement, and inviting you to do the same.
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