Ambient artists are having a landmark year in 2020, and considering the fact that isolation has been an ongoing theme no matter what corner of the world (or music industry) we’re talking about lately, this really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone. Sonarpilot has been an active force within the international underground for a few years now, and in 2020, a new pair of singles in “Imperium” and “CodeX” are bringing newly-intrigued audiences into a universe of abstract color, melodic white noise and grooves that challenge what EDM – and, for that matter, pop music in general – can and should be in contemporary times.
There’s no pretentiousness to be found in either one of these compositions, and to be perfectly frank, I found the fluid design of “Imperium” to be particularly inviting and open to those who might not be all that interested in this genre of music otherwise.
I have never found anything wrong with using production quality to influence the mood of the music when it comes within reason, and in this instance, the mix and style of engineering are as much a part of the construction of the harmonies in both tracks that they practically quality as instrumental components.
I’ve been a fan of Sonarpilot because of the efficient approach this act takes to larger than life ambient textures, and though there’s nothing softened about “CodeX” or “Imperium,” the former of which being an experimental in cerebral tension whilst the latter offering twisted club beats and a ten minute-plus psychedelic video, they both feel like the most refined content I’ve heard from this artist thus far. His ambitiousness is the reason why I keep coming back for more, and if you weren’t in the same boat before listening to these tracks, I think you’re going to be in the moments that follow.