The Range – “Washingtons”
Pairs Well With…Bonobo, Sampha, Four Tet
Down-tempo and innovatively patient, The Range’s Nonfiction is a slow burner that uses repetition and build as the cornerstone of its musical statement. It’s a dramatic one, formed out of nothing to only be engulfed in sound. Each part of The Range’s music is spotlighted before another layer is added, allowing the ear to hear every texture, so precisely placed. Avoiding pop, 4/4 forms, The Range takes his cues more from the heart than as a pure technician. This type of layering likens The Range more to post rock than down-tempo EDM, replacing a traditional band format with pads and keyboards without losing a sense of soul. The Range has followed up this year with an EP, Panasonic, that focuses more on off-backbeats than the harmonic one of Nonfiction, a pivot with sharper, extroverted results.
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