Brought to you by The Corner and NZ On Air, Awesome Feeling 8 is an online event running through NZ Music Month 2014, culminating in the release of a free downloadable compilation of 12 New Zealand songs and the words written about them. Every couple of days, we’ll be posting streaming+downloadable tracks from emerging local artists, accompanied by artist and track profiles authored by Corner contributors.
Wellington’s Shuedet is a classically trained musician who has delved deeper and deeper into the world of electronic music over the past decade. He creates immersive and intricate landscapes that the listener is drawn into and invited to explore. There’s a heartfelt beauty to his music that floats around and weaves its way through fascinating and delicate textures, creating a complex layered depth that is a pleasure to sink beneath.
Shuedet was raised in Nelson and goes by the name of Thom King. He first found a love for electronic music when he experienced the bass-heavy throbbing of jungle and drum ’n’ bass – a sound that opened his eyes (and ears) to the possibilities of affecting people with physical bass vibrations. You can clearly hear that influence in his style of percussion, though he uses it very subtly and with a measure of restraint. It’s a sound that is reminiscent of contemporary producers such as Om Unit and Machinedrum, who King cites as definite influences, along with dBridge and other artists from the excellent Exit Records.
‘Fireworks’ is the second track from Shuedet’s debut release, which is available digitally via Bandcamp and has also been pressed onto some limited edition one-sided clear vinyl – the other side being decorated with a screen print by his sister. The majority of the sounds on this track come from samples of his parents’ old piano and from field recordings of the Guy Fawkes fireworks display in Wellington last year. I love the way he’s used the distant explosions to create unique and tactile percussive sounds, and if you let yourself drift with it you can perfectly picture the myriad colours that were lighting up the night sky. There’s a tentative exuberance bubbling on the surface, anchored underneath by a wisdom formed by loss.
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