Diskless, 'Dive' | Album Review | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Published August 17, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

(Histamine Tapes, cassette, digital)

Using programming language TidalCycles, Montpelier's Diskless live-codes a VST synthesizer and essentially hacks it on Dive. The results are long-form drones, frozen in states of entropy. Each of the seven tracks is very long — exactly 10:36 minutes — and none of them builds or breaks down; they merely exist in a singular tonal statement. Slight variations and sonic colors creep in as the tracks play out, but Dive is essentially a study in stillness.

The tracks are named with scientific terms for ocean depths, from "Epipelagic" to "Benthic," as Diskless takes the listener on a conceptual deep-sea dive that is at once peaceful and strangely unnerving.

Key Track: "Abyssopelagic"

Why: It's all nuance, but by halfway through Dive, the synth drone has taken on a deeper, more complex color that creates a sort of musical tension.

Where: histaminetapes.bandcamp.com