Colorful synth melodies crash into each other violently while lush, physical textures present themselves in everything from the percussion to the basslines we encounter in the 2019 LP from Silvermouse, Earthadelik, and although it isn’t the first time this Puerto Rican electronica unit have dazzled with their sonic showmanship, this latest release definitely sounds like the future of their genre laid out across ten vibrant tracks. In “Down,” “New Moon” and “Freaks and Lovers,” we’re invited into a world of tonality unlike any other you’re going to find in the American underground this spring, and while this record dropped in the last year, it feels more than appropriate for the new year, and moreover, the new decade at hand.
For how chic an LP Earthadelik is, there isn’t a lot of polish in its master mix – which I found to be one of its best qualities. “Dream Valley” and “Venus Feels Like That” rattle without having to introduce a lot of external elements into the big picture, making the most of their natural grandeur while alluding to an even more powerful wallop only accessible by attending one of Silvermouse’s live performances. Whether it be “Spores in My Dermis” or “Little Ratty,” the music in this album is wholly cerebral and yet completely tangible and moderately abrasive even when played at lower volumes, and if you’re a hardcore electronica aficionado, all of this adds up to making an unforgettable album (to say the very least).
Those who happen to be as big a fan of this genre as I am will likely find Silvermouse’s Earthadelik to be just what the doctor ordered this spring season, as it is undeniably one of the more intriguing releases to come out of the electronic underground in the last year or so. This territorial duo have been quietly racking up quite a few accolades since hitting the scene back in the late 2000’s, and if we’re to go off of the sonic parameters or this most recent studio cut, I think it would be fair to expect more greatness from this camp as this current decade begins to take shape.