Recently, during a rainy afternoon of procrastination, I found a SoundCloud rabbit hole and decided to venture down it. At the end of said hole I was greeted by a group of incredible neuro producers including a Berlin-based artist by the name of Alydian. His latest track "Memory Tree" is a shimmering, iridescent collision of tight sound design, crunchy foley layering and soft melodic progressions.
The intro is almost a lullaby; clicking play cracks open a music box that casts out soft plucks and distant vocal cuts. Seemingly random at first, the plucks soon sweep into a soft rhodes melody that begins to immerse itself in a blanket of pads and sound effects.
Dropping away for a second, the track then arrives at it's first drop section. Tight drums meet the rhodes progression, driving the rhythm alone for a few bars before being aided by thick neuro stabs and accents. The sound design is tight and tasteful, lending weight and purpose to the drums while not overshadowing the softer elements. Not many people are able to achieve this so effectively, which is part of the reason I was so pleasantly surprsed to stumble upon such a talented bubble of producers.
This is a review of just one track, but I highly reccomend you go and check out Alydian's other work as well. While you're at it, allow me to point you in the direction of similar artists such as Stasys, Vayre, Candid Oak, Scheme and Thorjin. The level of production quality within every single one of these producers' work is astonishing, and it gives me a sense of great anticipation to hear what they will accomplish in the future.
Listen to "Memory Tree" here: