Playing in the space between dichotomies is the best way to access the more complicated emotions and experiences through art — this is something that ivoryHAUS knows well. Citing the wisdom of Descartes (“I think, therefore I am”) as well as literary influences such as Jorge Luis Borges, Noa Spott brings a level of intellectualism to the swirls of beats and melodies that he creates.
Space and euphony collide while nostalgic 80s synth-sounds meet modern glitchy compositions on this eponymous album. Listen as some songs float with a dreamy weaving complexity (as on the aptly titled “Clouds”), while others find a concrete sense in an industrial grinding (“Searching For Saturn”). The tactility of “Forests” makes it a highlight: there is a joy in the melody here, which grows and keels into a tune that evokes science fiction, harkening back to the surrealism of “Sweet Dreams”.
“Alleviate” is another highlight — well-titled for its placement after the heavier tracks “Sadr Region” and “Searching for Saturn”. The final song on the album, “Alleviate” builds patterns but culminates in a catchy theme. When it drops down to a simpler melody, there is an accumulation of power that is released when the track drops. This is an exercise in balance done with careful complexity, and works to conclude an album that explores texture and space on a sweet note.