New York-based Mathew Scheiner, aka Tropic Of Pisces is dropping his debut EP Symmetry on February 25th. Formerly the guitarist for Oberhofer, Scheiner has gone solo to explore a more synthetic sound, one that is far less rock directed than that of his previous band. More [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][And More]”, the EP’s third track, is exemplary of this desired distance from the confines of a pop-rock grou,.
The song is a dance track without a doubt, but a subdued one. It opens with a crackle and hum that are barely audible; building tension for the punctuating synths that burst it open. This setup reminds me of some of Fred Falke’s most recent work: the song becomes textured with a solid, tinny drumbeat holding down the frolicking synthesizer, which is more dull than aggressive. A funk-laced bass line is my favorite trait of the song, as it recalls those riffs of the French House canon. The bridge features what sounds like a digitized guitar, wailing like a coked-up mall soundtrack.
At first his vocals stand on a solo track, but it eventually replicate into a choral harmony reminiscent of Fleet Foxes, giving the whole thing a folk coating over its electro-dance core. Despite the well arranged beats, Scheiner’s voice is nothing rapturous. He’s on key, and there’s a sweetness to his style, though I can’t say it stands apart from the thousand others creating this genre of music.
Catch Tropic of Pisces at Piano’s on Feruary 15th, and listen to More [And More] below.