The Path of Tranquility / Masons Arm
12" | 2016 | UK | Original (Leng)
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Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Few parents while away time at the school gates discussing analogue synthesizers, dustydrum machines, and obscure old records. Then again, few parents are quite as musicallydecorated as Mark Evetts and Stuart Hobbs.Evetts, of course, has carved out a successful career as a globetrotting DJ/producer underthe Mark E alias, delivering a string of killer albums and singles on such esteemed labelsas Running Back, Spectral Sound, Golf Channel Recordings, ESP Institute and his ownMerc imprint. As for Glasgow-raised Hobbs, he currently works as a producer out of hisown SHONK studio in Oxford, having previously co-owned Crash Records in Glasgow,and appeared in all manner of weird and wonderful bands alongside former members ofTeenage Fanclub, Superstar, Ride and Candyskins.As the duo got to know each other – and their shared musical interests – while waiting topick up their respective five year-old daughters from school, a plan began to form. They’dget together in the studio to have some fun, indulging in “an eclectic groove-driven forageinto the wonky playing of first takes”. They decided nothing was off limits except “theformula”. Thus, Quarry Hollow was born.The first results of their musical partnership are presented on this fine debut EP for Leng.It’s a deliciously warm, fuzzy and off-kilter exploration that touches on numerous musicalstyles, whilst developing an endearing loose mix of krautrock guitars, heavy dub basslines,bongo-laden percussion and fluttering synthesizer lines.“The Path Of Tranquility”, the EP’s triumphant title track, sounds like an unlikely jamsession between Tangerine Dream, Terry Riley, Can and The Idjut Boys – all picturesquesynthesizer lines, attractive cyclical melodies, fuzzy guitar textures and rolling, organicpercussion. It’s utterly sublime.“Long Slide” takes a drowsy, high-grade fuelled trip into Balearic dub territory, with aquaticfunk guitars drifting in and out of a mix that wisely emphasizes the duo’s heavyweightbass, live percussion and ghostly synthesizers. “Masons Arms”, on the other hand, tipsa wink to low-slung post-punk rock, whilst at the same time maintaining one eye onthe dancefloor via restless percussion, Doors-style organ riffs and hazy, psychedelicelectronics.Formula-free music from the margins: what’s not to like?