New York City-based label Ounce. has done it again. May 1 marks the release of the3×3 EP by Spirit Guide and Every, available on the label’s bandcamp. The six-song collaboration is a beautiful combination of dreamy-like beats and ambient melodies that has the ability to mesmerize and whisk you away into another world.
Spirit Guide and Every live several states apart, making the collab more interesting than most.
“I’ve really started to enjoy this way of working — sending sketches back and forth instead of sitting down and trying to make something solid on the first go. It’s kind of showed me that if you think of everything as a sketch or idea, then there’s a lot less pressure,” Spirit Guide said. “I don’t think it’s really realistic to just sit down and put on your stern face and write your opus. It’s so much more pleasant when you say, ‘I’m just gonna mess around for a while.'”
“Collar,” the opening track, is a thoughtful mixture of layered effects that has distinct sections, but fluently and masterfully transcends from each portion of the song to the next. Never chaotic or confusing, but still somewhat upbeat, this song is easily the track of the EP that has the potential to become the most popular and is one of the best of the six songs.
“Motivation” heavily samples the Kelly Rowland single, but the duo makes it their own with the deep basslines and downtempo beats. The decision to leave out the original lyrics was a smart move by the two musicians.
This isn’t the first time that the two have worked together. Back in late 2012, the Intel and Vice collective network The Creator’s Project released an in-depth look, in the musicians own words, at how the duo made the song “Union,” which is also featured on the new EP. They go into who was responsible for specific parts of the song and why certain decisions were made. Getting a different perspective on how two artists come together to create a flowing song is very interesting.
In my opinion, “Union” is possibly the best track of the EP. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve heard this song before or because I’ve read the break down of how the song was made, but there’s just something about it that grabs my attention for the whole 5 minutes. It’s a low-key song that has the potential to be a huge hit.
The second half of the EP seems somewhat different compared to the first half. Don’t get me wrong, the songs are of very high quality and stature, but for some reason, they don’t seem to be cohesive with the first half. It’s almost as if the first three songs and the last three songs can be their own separate EPs.
All in all, this EP holds an enjoyable listening experience. Released just in time for summer, you can easily listen to this lounging by the pool on a hot summer day or curled up inside when those treacherous Florida thunderstorms hit.