Digital/instrumental artist James Freeman is perhaps pretty new to releasing, however he’s already put out a powerful variety of releases since he creatied the “flexicble musical entity” that’s Gem FM. Since 2021, he’s launched 4 full albums and a smattering of singles beneath the moniker. With a foundation in blues guitar and a Ratatat-like composition model of merging analog and digital sounds, his new Sonic Growth album exhibits him stepping up the electonic facet of his model, with some fascinating outcomes.
Whereas producing the brand new album, my studio monitoring scenario obtained a major technical improve. This helped tremendously in fine-tuning my engineering and mastering efforts. I feel Sonic Growth represents my greatest work up to now with regard to my mixing and engineering. Having mentioned that, I acknowledge that there’ll all the time be room for enchancment.
This updgare not solely exhibits within the imrpoved digital prpduction high quality of the work on Sonic Growth however within the creativity of songwriting and incorporating extra dance components than Gem FM’s earlier works. This album goes far past a beat paired with a guitar, and Freeman says what was initially meant to be an EP became a full idea album, impressed by classic 808 model and EDM.
With monitor names like “SwagR,” “4banger” and “Slide on Down,” Freeman’s definitely bought the EDM lingo down. Listeners anticipating some form of punishing dubstep beat should develop their concepts of a “banger” fairly rapidly, as we’re nonetheless very a lot in fusion territory. The digital composition on a lot of the tracks, whereas a lot mroe prevalent than in earlier iterations of Gem FM’s sound, continues to be there largely to function the instrumentals.
On “4banger,” for instance, an 80s model synthpop beat and new wave haromines serve to be the gounding pressure for a floating panflute line which flitters in regards to the workers, additionally accentuated by digital manipulation. “Serrated,” in the meantime, has a form of tropical beat with a digital synth of a sitar, performed like a classical Beethoven piano and album nearer “Slide on Down” has a form of Zappa-like chaos which captures an incredible sense of musical play. Speak about fusion.
Sonic Growth is the primary album whicn doesn’t function Freeman’s signature blues guitar in any significant means, and this exhibits the artist pushing out of his consolation zone. With this album, it’s clear Freemand as Gem FM is able to experiment much more with sounds, and contemplating how numerous his work already is, “versatile music entity” is certainly the suitable descriptor for this undertaking.