Acidic Base is Back with New Single "Tachyon"
It’s relatively easy to get lost in “Tachyon”, the latest single from wunderkind Acidic Base. Although the tune clocks in at less than four minutes, it seemingly stretches on much longer, hoisting and suddenly dropping the listener through a sundry of tones, textures, and tempos.
Such experimental, progressive work is nothing new for Base, which is a one man act consisting of Siddharth Goswami. It’s the third single he’s released since dropping the seven track album Purple Skies last year (coming on the heels of “Spectrum” and “Dawn”, respectively), and showcases him at the forefront of EDM, or whatever other term is used to describe electronic music as the new decade solidifies.
The teenager is at home crafting an assortment of musical riffs, sounds, and moods to besiege listeners on “Tachyon”. If possible, one can hear corridors, passageways, elevator lifts and abrupt arrivals to a host of sonic structures within this one. At different times in the tune the music is slow and somber, frenetic and frenzied, and, most prominently, distorted. The type of flatulent sounding bass popularized by Dub Step saunters through about midway through the piece, while other sounds flat out belie description.
For instance, there’s something reminiscent of a computer—or perhaps a robot learning to speak—talking. There’s some almost disorienting vibration sound that kicks the number off and returns at discreet intervals. The synths seem to randomly distort in mid-pattern, escalating the track’s overall energy, but remain artfully layered atop additional fast-paced sounds in a whirlwind of activity. Yet they all move when the producer wants them to, but stand rigidly still at his behest as well.
For instance, he takes a decidedly creative approach to the time honored tradition of break downs, which are typically used to lull listeners before dazzling them with the full re-emergence of the beat. Although “Tachyon” pays homage to this tradition, Base also advances it by issuing sudden pauses in almost all musical activity—for a matter of seconds, only.
It may take a while to catch onto what effect the producer’s going for, but it certainly makes you stop and pay attention—which is what the best music compels listeners to do. To that end, the stripling producer is definitely going in the right direction.