A leading minimal producer strips his sound down to rhythm and groove.
The scraps of melody that make it onto the EP mostly sit in the low-end. "Song Written For Reny" and "Maintain Eye Contact," the two standout tracks, have thick, wooshing basslines, probably pulled from Barac's Buchla modular synth. Their otherworldly sound, best captured through the kind of Funktion-One stacks used at Sunwaves, is soft but packs enough character to catch your ear, gliding across the percussion with a lazy swagger. Anyone who has caught a Barac set in the past few years might recognise "Maintain Eye Contact," a killer slice of minimal topped off with a well-chosen vocal sample that syncs with the percussion whenever it kicks up a gear. Thanks to the great balance between the abstract and the emotional, a rare thing in this scene, it will likely be one of the most-played minimal tracks of the coming months.
The other tracks are more bass-focussed. The bassline on "Cantarea Celor 3 Tineri" splutters and splurts, wobbling with the momentum of dubstep. "Toponimul" returns to the atmospheric sound Barac perfected with tracks like "Marea Neagră" and "Fram, Ursul Polar" on Variety Of Different Feelings, a 2015 album that's arguably the best minimal LP of the past few years. It's a touching finale that sees Barac generate intense feeling from a framework that's even leaner than usual.