Artist – Paragraphs
Album – Eat the Rich
Genre – Experimental
Uk based, Electronic expressionist, Paragraphs, aka Ryan Potts has recently released another spectacularly gripping album titled ‘Eat The Rich’ which offers a sonic landscape that is clean, bright and positively demonstrates a sophisticated depth to his arrangements. Paragraphs provide, yet another absorbing palette of gorgeous textures to delve into as this body of work feels like a perfecting of the art of space and simplicity alongside a contrasting complex tapestry of textural dynamic and measured cadences within his considerately infused styles. Notably, this album offers an even deeper structural craftmanship from Ryan than previous works, as he melds Downtempo with acid, as well as galvanizing elements of industrial and breakcore to create bewitching sonic alchemy that offers a gracefully elegant, yet at times brutally uninhibited electronic album to stir the soul and rattle the ribcage.
The first track on the album, Downer Squad eases in with an ethereal glow that creates an intermundium between floating lightly through an azure sky into a more grounded mathematical sonic structure that carries a density and abstractness to the track. A deep progressiveness radiates from the core beat of the composition, driving the heart of the track forward methodically which creates a beautifully calculated, richly dynamic juxtaposition between delicate ambiance and textural acid, forging a hypnotizing cosmic sway for the headspace.
Track two, I Will Write Peace On Your Wings And You Will Fly All Over The World, is an absolutely gorgeous expression of shifting tempos, melodic undercurrents and stimulating rich acid sounds that are melded in fine detail through an electro beat and carried gracefully down a ravine of ambient sonic bliss. This delightful piece of music feels positively gleeful and is bountiful in shifting textures, both the structural tempo and precision of this elevating soundscape is perfect.
See You Later, Crocodile, buoyantly delivers an all-embracing giddy atmosphere, stitching yet another rousing detail into Paragraph’s vibrational tapestry. This superbly executed track offers stunningly rich textures to delve into and there exists both playfulness and seriousness about this particularly gripping melding pot. An industrialized beat thumps home a sincerity and careers forth a driven purpose to the feel of the track, amongst a torrent of effervescent, luxurious acid textures which washes over and spruces up the senses, as well as, in the same breathe, tickling the mid-riff which is not too dissimilar to the feeling one gets when they are coming up on magic mushrooms ( For those who know!) And for those who do not, get to know, through embracing this gem of a luscious track.
Let’s Get Naked And Dance Through The Streets, But Only The Empty Ones Where No One Will See Us, stands as one of the most interestingly named pieces of music I have had the pleasure of tuning into. I feel embossed with the impression that Ryan owns a poetic mind and certainly the exceptionally crafted narratives he projects through his music owns the ability to express more profoundly than the limitation of words. This track is the embodiment of an elegantly graceful downtempo, acid-laced slow embrace as Paragraphs supplies his ethereal vocal in such a beautifully subtle way as he allows a consistently progressive track to unfurl around the listener. The marriage between soul enriching ambiance and bracing acid is most certainly a striking blend.
Stairway To Fuck All is an impossible title to believe as the contrary is carried out on every level, producing one of the most refined, soul-stirring tracks within this particular work. There is painfully beautiful attention to detail in this composition which owns the potential to paint vivid artwork within the mind’s eye. I feel this track is a slow cosmic sway that offers all the power, beauty and grace of floating through a portal into heaven, as well as cleverly, yet tactfully shifting the mood into a certain disorientation that tilts the transition between the journey through purity of light into the uncertainty of darkness, or what you are about to pass over into. This stairway most certainly leads my emotions to an otherworldly place, a trait of this outstanding album and talented artist whose works are undeniably moving.
Sitting at the last track on the album, Eat The Rich offers itself up as one of the most powerful in impact as a hefty mechanical bass grinds the gears and breakcore fluid spills all over the interior. This dramatic change comes as a pleasant surprise and I feel it was very clever of Paragraphs to leave such an assault on the senses to the very last, as sudden sharp changes like that leave a lasting impression. This brawny track is highly distinctive to the rest of the album and is full of angst, Ryan applies an intended amount of distortion in both his vocal and throughout aspects of the structural layers of the arrangement. There also is a wonderful rhythm and fluidity about the flow of this foreboding track that is strategically placed within controlled chaos.