Like the defrost setting on a microwave oven, Edamame‘s music is known to gradually warm listeners with feather-light melodies complemented by found-percussion samples that include clicking locks and shuffling cards. These rhythmically evolved subtleties – perceptible to extra-sharp ears much the same way infrared images are made visible only when gleaned through certain lenses – lend his tracks a degree of head-bobbiness that consistently reveals itself upon closer examination.
His new album is no exception.
Titled Periderm, the name of his latest of nine releases refers to the outer layer of plant matter that forms as a result of new growth. It’s perhaps best illustrated by a tree’s bark, ever building over itself, a cross-section of which inform not only appraisals of Edamame’s past body of work, but also a platform to base predictions of a promising future trajectory.
Opened by the eponymous track “Periderm,” with its mellowed piano tune enhanced by a rattling percussion sample that will find itself cropping up to narrate your thoughts at unexpected times throughout the day, the album achieves a careful balance that sounds like taking a walk in cloud-soled shoes feels. Just brace yourself for the up-tempo jog the album takes you on with closing remixes from artists Escaping Animals and Set In Sand.
Download the entire album below; pay what you want, or pay nothing. Just enjoy.