Freeze-Tag | Eskimo EP
Cleveland, Ohio electronic artist Freeze-Tag (aka 24-year-old Marcus Alan Ward) labels the music on his latest release, “Eskimo” EP, as “prisma-chromatic” — a sound “inspired by retrograde and futuristic tones”. There’s something to be said about that description. It’s a unique hybrid of styles, from its jazzy elegance to its hip-hop/dance beats, and its pixelated sense of electronic music. There is a physicality and painterly quality to the record. What Freeze-Tag has done on “Eskimo” EP is create a music that’s constantly in a state of change, morphing as the songs push onward. He uses heavy bass beats, skittering drums, repeated phrases, computerized blips and overlapping musical architecture to create smooth grooves and kaleidoscopic textures of sound that feel like part love-odes, part dreamscapes. “Hours (Ours), “Kiss, Kiss, Kiss”, and “Fall In Love” are standouts on this explosive six-song record. Little Dragon fans will also find a little surprise here, as the EP opens with a re-worked cover of one of the band’s most beloved songs, “Twice”, from off the group’s debut record. “Eskimo” is the follow up to Freeze-Tag’s 2012 debut record “WLDFLWR_HNY”. And it’s an impressive one. You can follow Freeze-Tag on soundcloud and facebook. — David D. Robbins Jr.