Braille - The Storm
Praveen Sharma, who is one half of Sepalcure along Travis Stewart, has until now channeled his solo output as Braille through Rush Hour and Hotflush—The Storm EP is his first release for Hypercolour's sister label, Glasstable. Its title track layers deep rave stabs over a thickset bassline. The introduction of a jazzy organ loop slightly detracts from the initial hook, but on the whole it's among the New Yorker's most notable solo offerings to date. "Me & U" follows with less success, blending sugared female vocals and an overly poignant spoken word passage alongside a tinny backdrop of neo-soul. The EP's early promise is restored on B-side "At A Glance," but the jacking depth soon amasses unnecessary acid lines and additional percussion, giving things a cluttered feel. "Casper" is closer aligned to Sepalcure's early output, placing ethereal ambience around feather-light pads and knocking woodblocks.