Not a lot is absolutely identified in regards to the enigmatic Double Touch. Formed by Mark Olsen, an ARIA-winning musician who’s saved a reasonably low profile till now, and Van-Anh Nguyen, a burgeoning classical crossover pianist, the duo started making music collectively in 2016 with a classically-minded re-work of Duke Dumont‘s “Ocean Drive.” The mission is now totally underway, nonetheless, and Double Touch have made a landed on Lee Burridge‘s All Day I Dream imprint their four-piece Adagio EP.
This pair is one to maintain watch on. It’s clear they pay shut thoughts to excessive manufacturing requirements, and in carving a distinct segment completely their very own inside the increasing area of classical/electronica crossover. Their work is lush, melodic, and even a bit mystical, with three of Adagio‘s 4 tracks evoking desert imagery within the thoughts. But first—a direct homage to the previous with an adaptation of Albinoni’s iconic “Adagio In G Minor” into an ethereal, ambient title opener.
A wistful “Cape Cove” is subsequent, whose Eastern-inspired instrumentation and tender, padded guitar riffs trudge throughout make imagine sand dunes. “Baghdad” carries these motifs into its fold; albeit, in a very totally different means. Orchestral strings play a bigger function in “Baghdad” as nicely. The intriguing factor right here is that there’s a notable lack of piano in each of those tunes. It would seem that Van-Anh’s composition and association experience got here extra into play with these tunes, with Olsen serving because the engineer who pieced the completed merchandise collectively and blended them into balanced perfection.
Finally, “Piano Sines” seems to be a reference to sonic frequencies wrought by a piano; or on this case, a keyboard or synth. This manufacturing performs out with extra suspenseful, tense tones, wading by way of mazes of staccato-fueled harmonies and brooding strings that lure listeners in a gossamer net till end. Ultimately, every of Adagio’s 4 productions are class, and make for enchanting listens with out crossing into gimmicky territory.
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