Everpresent - Everpresent & Singles
By Marcus Pan
Everpresent is, admittedly, a bit poppier
than what we usually cover but it does have a darker bent to it somehow
reminds me of Collide(1). The musicians here are Matthew Cahoon (vocals, keys,
sequencing & drums) and Kai Kurosawa (bass, guitar) with a little help from
Nancy Lawrence (vocals) and Matt OGwin (guitar). A small group, so you
expect the sound to be very tight and theyve managed that.
There are six tracks on each of these releases
Everpresent and Singles & Remixes, so Ive bulked them
together for the review. With Everpresent spinning first we start with
You Need This, a slow bass driven dirge populated with a brooding rhythm
and Kais thumping bass slaps. Great vocal harmonies between Matthew and
Nancy. Everpresent keep things somewhat simple, relying more on the baritone
vocals of Cahoon to carry most singles to you, rhythms and instrumentation
taking a backdrop role. The croons of Lawrence are a welcome aspect, coming in
at the right times without being overbearing, as in Embrace Me, which
churns out as another slow song. Rhythms, while remaining backdrop, is well
sequenced and smooth. The music takes a surprising lead with some nice smooth
bass rhythms as Embrace Me steps up a bit.
You Save Me opens with an unsatisfying stock-in-trade
high hat beat, but adds interesting keyboard work as we progress. Im
digging the funky opening of Dont Stop, which brings us some
guitar work by OGwin to liven things up. Drowning smoothes us out
with a trancy, if moving, close. The main detractor to Everpresent is its stock
beats. The make-up is good, the sequencing is good and it doesnt fall
into the press-everything trap, and it has interesting breakdowns like the bass
stomp breakdown in Drowning and the bass rhythms in Embrace Me.
But because of the standard fare percussion it doesnt remain memorable on
the whole. Remixes might be necessary, which of course brings us to
Singles & Remixes gives a nice
taste of Everpresents stronger work. Dont Stop from the
just-reviewed Everpresent release is here along with five others. We
open with Behind Your Veil. Heavier guitars open here, a stronger
approach than the previous CD. Theres different players here as well with
the exception of Matthew. Aharon Verno on drums, Victoria Mierlak on vocals
join the soloist with Shannon Chwialkowski and Joel Dean helping with bass and
guitar respectively. If Behind Your Veil is any indication, Joels
work ranks high.
Likewise nice basswork on Silence Speaks which again
retains a harder edge with a more techno-laced feel rather than the previous
albums trancier feel. The Pulse Everpresent finds us getting
trancy again, and utilizing once again some of the stock percussion that
downplayed Everpresent. Singles & Remixes is closed with two
more versions of Silence Speaks. The radio edit is decent, but I really
enjoy the weirdness in the Pankow Remix.
Overall Everpresent do some decent work, friendly for the
radio and most clubs. Everpresent will do fine for your more swirly and
trancy places while the Singles & Remixes release will stomp the
floor up a little more. For a bit of fun, throw the Pankow Remix of
Silence Speaks over a dance floor just to see how off kilter you can get
bodies to move.
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