Dylan Tauber’s He Loves Carmen Is Lovely

By Deuce

It’s not hard to determine the inspiration for Dylan Tauber’s newest album that dropped just last month. It’s entitled He Loves Carmen. Song titles include the likes of “I Love You”, “Love Is All That Exists”, “I Love My Father” “I Miss You”, and “Soulmate”.

As these tunes indicate, this LP is dedicated to some of the manifold manifestations of love. Most of it, of course, is romantic. Some of it seems spiritual, such as “There Are Angels Everywhere”, one of the more progressive numbers. And as the summation of the project, “Love Is All That Exists”, demonstrates, some of this four-letter word pertains to the idealistic state of interminable power which many consider the apex of human emotion, expression, and sustenance.

Though there are plenty of vocal samples on this album, singing, rapping, or even talking doesn’t factor into the majority of the tracks. Instead, Tauber chooses to let the music be the voice and heart of these tunes, their guidance and director on a journey into a realm that’s well suited for the clubs and raves, perhaps.

“Angels” pushes the bar by relying on a rim shot—rapidly used, in some parts—as the counterpoint to the crushing kicks that are pretty much omnipresent throughout this collection. Here, though, they help ground the tune that otherwise hovers, flutters, and catapults into the ethereal with supernal sounding synths and wisps of voices behind you, near you, yet somehow, just beyond reach.

The artist also has a propensity for coming with thunderous bass—oftentimes not in formal bass lines, but in staccato punches of resonance. The titular work demonstrates this characteristic, as well as the producer’s flare for squeezing in more high hats than just about anyone around can do in a single bar.

Plus, the pop pretensions of many of these songs are fairly evident. Most are centered on huge synth chords that attract attention in all the right way. However, he occasionally spices them up with popcorn leads that shower over you in a wash of sonic energy, dispersing like gold scattered to the masses. Such is the impact of this sound on “I Love You”, an upbeat affair that almost sounds like the woman singing was lacing up the vocal booth instead of being captured on a sample.

 With Tauber it’s not easy to tell the difference, which is just one of the many indicator’s of his production aptitude.

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