Published Apr 04, 2014Visibility is a Trap, the second release from Dalhous, brings some unheralded beauty to the Blackest Ever Black record label. Consisting of just four tracks and a remix, this 20-minute EP showcases Dalhous' crystalline ambient crawl, combining warm tones with icy textures on tracks like "Active Discovering" and "A Change of Attitude."
Described as a warm-up release for their upcoming sophomore LP, too much of the material on Visibility is a Trap relies on the elements that made Dalhous' debut work (cascading soundscapes, aluminum drum cracks and ebbing almost-rhythms) instead of exploring new ideas and textures. That said, the sweeping synths of "Sight of Hirta" swell into mild polyrhythmic backbeats that carry the track into its cinematic final moments. Even the remix by London electronic artist Regis, "He Was Human and Belonged with Humans," doesn't stray too far from Dalhous' billowy blueprint.
On Visibility is a Trap, Dalhous deliver another handful of terrific dark ambient music that will hopefully give way to braver, newer waves. (Blackest Ever Black)