PREMIERE: Percussion reigns in Lithe’s new heater ‘Girmayi’
With a few weeks until the release of his debut EP Fervent Gum, LITHE has gifted us with yet another taster of his sparse club sound. Percussion reigns in ‘Girmayi’ over a soundscape of large synths and white noise. Similar to his previous releases, this track builds tension and makes you feel a little uneasy while in awe of it’s precision in composition.
Lithe comes from a drumming background and you can really tell, with his ear for tight percussion and how he uses it to build a mood. The odd syncopation is a little jarring and uncommon for a dance track but impressive in its execution, with everything building over driving kicks. With this focus on practical percussion, Lithe is building a very unique brand for himself that shows his technical understanding of club music.
He’s also a pro at building a mood with such sparse production, letting the drums build and the abstract synths rise over top. Dissonant bells repeat and are replaced with a string like synth, creating a menacing melody throughout the track. Even at it’s most quiet moments, there is still so much power in the drums, which is heightened by fragile synth phrases and echoing chords.
Through these singles and what is sure to be a stellar debut release, Lithe has created a very unique sound and delivered something surprising. The empty spaces never feel hollow and with so few layers he creates grand and cinematic-feeling tracks. June 27th is the official release date for his EP, Fervent Gum, you can preorder now and still have time to look into sourcing a cassette player somehow to cop his limited release bright red cassette tape.
Fervent Gum is out June 27th via Enhancer Records.
Image: Tom Hitchcock
WORDS BY HOLLY O’NEILL