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Soosh Makes Beats with Room to Breathe

Soosh Makes Beats with Room to Breathe
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Or, the secret life one Scottish producer's debut album

By Beverly Bryan
February 6, 2013

Name: Soosh (Soroosh Khavari)

Where He’s from: Glasgow, Scotland by way of Iran

When He Started: 2011

Genre: Post-dubstep/beatmaking action

Most Similar: Burial, Nosaj Thing, Four Tet

Sounds Like: Flowers blooming in your brain, backed by a heart murmur

Soosh wants you to stop carrying the world on your shoulders. The young Glaswegian beatmaker knows how to get you to do it too. Whatever kind of misguided armor you’ve built around yourself like some crusty hermit crab, thirty seconds into his debut album Colour is Breathe you’ll marvel at how easily you gave it up.

Once you let your guard down you’ll be prepared to fully absorb what he’s saying with his tubfuls of watery synths and soft-edged beats. The beats have a lot of room between them, like he wants you to appreciate each one as it is born and dies. I say born because they do seem alive, possibly even sentient. It kind of sounds like he devised a way to grow R&B and hip-hop instrumentals in a closet using some special hydroponics kit. (His tracks definitely sound like they grow best away from direct sunlight.)

His album is coming out February 25 on Error Broadcast, a label he shares with the dubby likes of Pixelord and Shlohmo, but his music doesn’t sound quite like the rest of that milieu. It seems to occupy a different head space, maybe because it sounds so organic, a quality that’s partly explainable by his use of found sounds and his fondness for analog synthesizers. Besides technique, there’s a difference in spirit or perhaps in references too. The tracks are open and exploratory, drawing a bit from the worlds of indie rock and experimental music. The sweetly off-kilter title track sounds a bit like lo-fi folk group Mt. Eerie getting inspired by jazz.

Incidentally, if you are listening along at home and your heart isn’t pooling in your chest cavity yet, that’s Khavari’s 17 year-old sister Carmel laying down those cobweb-light vocals. Awww. Come on. Feel the life.

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