Lithe proves he’s master of his domain with ‘Fervent Gum’
Melbourne producer LITHE has come out of the woodwork toting a fully formed sound, a few clean percussion heavy tracks and announcing an upcoming EP called, Fervent Gum. Of the EP, Lithe cites his move from Townsville to Melbourne as inspiration, and the experience of arid Australia, freezing car rides and “visits from aboriginal spirits” as he encountered as powerful creative influences. The title track of this EP is his second taster for his new release, showcasing his ear for polyrhythms and knack for minimal yet intense dance music.
This club track draws inspiration from abstract techno, percussive world and a bit of industrial dance music. Slowly the track builds from a piercing beep, incorporating layers of contrasting percussion and sprinklings of bass. Most of the track is an exploration of these layers interacting with each other, the layers of tribal rhythms interplaying and creating something new.
With such large genres as inspirations, this track is far smaller in scope than many of those offerings. Favouring a more minimal approach, Lithe builds the polyrhythms and creates a lot of tension through repetition. You could say he’s building up to a breakdown, but the huge “climax” about three and a half minutes in is still just as sparse, using large drums and grand electric guitar like synths to punctuate that unrelenting main line.
For the second track we’ve heard from him, ‘Fervent Gum’ feel like a relative to his first single, and shows Lithe has a firm grasp on his specific vision. His Fervent Gum EP is available for preorder now and will be officially released on the 27th of June.
WORDS BY HOLLY O’NEILL