Berlin. A Portrait In Music

  • SOMACD122
  • Release Date: February 22nd 2019
  • £10.99

Stemming from the heart of East Berlin, German producer SLV has picked up a number of influences on his musical journey whilst living amongst electronic music culture from an early age. Having steadily built a reputation for himself for diving into the realms of melancholic sound design, reflected in previous releases on Soma and Ilario Alicante’s Virgo label, his Berlin. Portrait In Music album sees him add to his long list of Soma contributions following the recent standout Athenæum 101 LP from label bosses Slam themselves.

First Day In The City sets the tone right from the off with hypnotizing keys, emotive atmospherics and alleviating sound design, whilst Sky follows suit as it balances drones with otherworldly soundscapes. This Cold Night and Forest Voices delightfully maintain the stirring ambience throughout as tranquilizing vibrations take the focus, before Mirage and Dust deliver heartwarming oscillations layered with captivating sonics.

Dark but uplifting moods are later conveyed within Night Stars and January 31, journeying through arousing aesthetics from start to finish. Talking With Shadows then harmonizes between deep, syncopated drums and low strung synth stabs until eloquent chords balanced and angelic pads together display a poignant aura in Melancholy Dreams. Away then elegantly rounds things off with tender strings, alluring melodies and moving elements.