Released 4th November, 2013
As the most recent signing to infamous Hospital Records imprint ‘Med School’, much anticipation has surrounded the debut album of young talent Etherwood. He doesn’t disappoint.
Simple piano rolls and crisp drum production define his signature sound on ‘Weightless’, whilst allow for areas of development as the album progresses. ‘We Are Ever Changing’ and ‘Say Life’ build on this style with floaty vocals and unusual sample choices that reveal new dimensions to his sound.
However, Etherwood shows himself as more than a first-class producer. His authentic approach to lyrical writing is what creates profound opening track ‘Begin By Letting Go’ and contemplative anthem ‘Hold Your Breath’ that feature his own vocals on arguably two of the album’s strongest tracks.
It is this honest tone that proves so captivating as Etherwood makes no attempt to conform to passing trends in electronic music today. With a background as a guitarist for British producer Jakwob, ‘The Time Is Here At Last’ replaces piano rolls for heartfelt guitar licks and can only be described as a timeless classic through its embrace of past, present and future styles. It is this emotional directness that gives the album such a fresh and relevant sound.
Etherwood creates great music for music’s sake and as a result, manages to achieve what so many producers can’t – a signature sound simultaneous to astounding versatility. Although his music generally translates best when featuring vocalists that span from Rocky Nti to Georgia Yates, as lyrical meaning builds upon the complexities of his production, Nu:Tone collaboration ‘Shattered’ explores the weightier depths of Drum and Bass and is a testament to Etherwood’s ability as a versatile producer.
The relevance and sincerity of ‘Etherwood’ will doubtlessly leave you wondering if this is the future of Drum&Bass to come.