Filterwolf – Viva La Rave (Album Review)

Filterwolf – Viva La Rave (Album Review)

Filterwolf, a.k.a. Adnan Duric, has returned with his highly-anticipated third album Viva La Rave. An artist who has always traversed the outer edges of house and techno music, expanding the boundaries to uncharted sonic vistas, Filterwolf’s third album is his most sensual and experimental to date, combining acoustic and electronic instruments to create sweeping sonic landscapes.

Here vocals, rather than conveying meaning and emotion through lyrics as well as sound, are pushed to the boundaries of the capabilities of the voice as an instrument, in a (successful) attempt to create new and unusual sound effects.

Similar motifs on synths and keyboards feature on each track as a foundation but Filterwolf succeeds in making them constantly sound new and original

‘Zeros and Ones’ fluctuates between light melodies and dark, bass-y synths to create the dichotomy of the title.

The acoustic instruments begin to come to the fore on album highlight ‘Brooklyn Via Montmartre’. It begins with ragtime-like melodies on piano and layers this with repetitive melodies on synths and syncopated rhythms on percussion. The track’s jazz influences are obvious, and the introduction of brass instruments midway through, captures the essence of 1920s New York while filtering it through a futuristic sound landscape.

‘Olympia’ again features acoustic instruments but the sound moves towards a more orchestral influence with epic sprawling strings.

Electronic instruments again come to the fore on ‘Pon de Leo’ and ‘Iguana’, before leading in to the mesmerising ‘Use to Dream’. Where looped lyrics and vocal effects over a repetitive adrenaline-boost of percussion, create a trippy and trance-like effect.

Viva La Rave is best listened to in one continuous sitting, as Filterwolf constantly builds and expands on established themes and instrumental motifs established in the early tracks. From album opener ‘No Gravity’, to closer ‘Glamorama’, Filterwolf combines acoustic and electronic instruments to create startling original compositions that push the boundaries of electronic music to the brink.

Michael Clancy

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