How do you explain music?
How do you find the vocabulary to describe the beauty, musicality, depth, and technical mastery that are the White Hawk EP?
The temptation to reach outside of music for metaphors to try to explain the sound falls short, much as the act of writing about this music will ultimately
fail to do justice to the experience of just hearing it for yourself. You should probably just listen to it and save yourself some time, but if you want to
know a bit more, read on.
From the ethereal and delicate opening strains of Am I Dreaming? to the most Bass moments of YeahYeahYeah, the listener is transported to a world of sounds and wonders purely of White Hawk’s creation. Sonically part dream and part nightmare, each track draws the listener in and establishes firmly that our tour guide is in complete control and has extensive experience with the conventions of a number of entangled genres. Never settling for cheap exoticism, White Hawk traverses a gauntlet of styles in a way that only a native could. For White Hawk, this is home territory.
Astatine is that elusive and rarest of songs that is both fresh and familiar at the same time. The layers of synths and arpeggiated rhythms, while grounded in tradition are used in a way that reveals the fresh perspective behind all of these tracks.
There are several homages to past greats’ style and
sound, and certainly the various sections of Ghat are evocative of any number of synth pioneers, but the sounds and techniques have been appropriated and repurposed
to serve a different end.
Every track is outstanding, and yet also confidently part of a greater whole, sharing a certain lushness and lyric quality which feel like flying at times and at others like floating, particularly in Da Float. Another brilliant track, Butterflies is as delicate and and fragile as its namesake, with light, fluttering arpeggios intertwining with a dreamlike landscape of sound and movement. Nothing feels rushed, or forced, rather the entire EP comes off as the expression of an artist who already has a clearly defined vision and sound; an artist who is merely sharing a part of themselves with us, and not engaged in self-discovery or coming to grips with their tools.
One of the few negative things that can be said about the EP is that it’s over far too soon. The attention to even the smallest details is transfixing and the pure auditory bliss of the sound design and the creativity and playfulness of the melodies and chord progressions are equal parts fun and profound. It does make one wonder what White Hawk will do for a follow up, but until such time, this EP will in heavy rotation.