Dreaming of Ghosts is an existential journey into the hereafter. A brief auditory glimpse into what lies beyond the light at the end of the tunnel. In his new album, Snayl delves into the world of spirit in this reflection of his own-out-of-body experience, chronicling an expedition between a person’s death, an odyssey into the afterlife, and then return to life.
Snayl is Austin Duncan, an electronic artist whose music might be best characterized as post-electronica. The terms electronic and techno, while applicable, don’t quite do justice to the depth and composition that Snayl brings to his music. Utilizing elements of techno, hip hop, and other beat based styles, Duncan goes further into creating soundscapes that help listeners envision the concept behind his music. In Dreaming of Ghosts, this becomes reflected in the diverse range of sounds he brings together to manifest a trip into another state of being. He combines melodious keyboard and guitar to overlay rhythmic tracks which employ stereo imaging, unique sampling, and anomalous instrumentation uncommon to similar styles that yet somehow amalgamate into a bizarrely congruent whole.
Dreaming of Ghosts is a complex and compelling album. Both thought-provoking and alluring, Snayl has created a collection of music that one can delve into contemplatively, or put on and simply enjoy. While not music one would “get turnt” listening to, its diversely appealing nature makes it uncharacteristically approachable and enjoyable for such a deeply conceptual album.
Snayl will be hosting a listening party for the release of Dreaming of Ghosts at the Institute 4 Creativity this Friday, June 10th. Physical copies of the album will be available direct from Duncan himself at the event. They will also be available locally at Exile on Main Street as well as online through iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Bandcamp, and streaming on Spotify.
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