As we all know, life is complicated, and trying to balance your time between multiple ventures can be incredibly difficult. Kermode is one artist who knows this struggle well; he has been working hard this year with the launch of his Youtube tutorial channel Frequency Quest, but has also found the time to produce his full length debut album, which was released on Gravitas Recordings this past Tuesday. Between Mountain and Moon was preceded by a series of EPs that proved Kermode to be an artist who values diversity and extreme experimentation, both of which translate to the album as well.
The opening track, “Visions”, establishes the themes of the album, immediately letting the listener know they’re in for a wild ride by transforming a cinematic harp-focused intro into a melodic drop that is both heavy and uplifting. From there the album bounces between a variety of styles such as glitch-hop, dubstep, future bass, and downtempo. Despite tackling so many different forms of EDM, Kermode always keeps true to his distinctive sound, which is characterized by crisp drums, complex drum patterns, and wonky resampled basses, all tied together by beautiful and complex melodies.
Some standout tracks include the hard hitting “Phantom Force”, which slaps you in the face and leaves in a mere few minutes, “Moon Child”, a psychedelic tune that dances between wide pads and a melodic neurobass, and “Haunted”, a dark future bass song that features chilling vocals and piano.
The album also features a few remixes, all of which are wonderful, but none more than the Of The Trees flip of “Trinket”. While the original song is a frantic assortment of sounds playing off each other, the remix is more subtle, really only focusing on one bass, allowing everything else to just dance in the background, amplifying the psychedelic vibes.