Blawan has announced his debut album, via his own Ternesc imprint, Wet Will Always Dry. Physically and mentally draining in the best way possible, Wet Will Always Dry may be the most complete statement from Blawan to date. This becomes evident from the album-opening Klade, a dizzying, tumbling flight of pure energy over overlapping fields of electrified menace.
This sets the stage for Careless, which retains the hazardous, crackling atmosphere but dials back the intensity just enough to make room for a new feature – Blawan’s eerie and disembodied vocals.
Tasser ratchets up the tempo and the frenetic energy yet more, slinging chunks of audio shrapnel and grinding factory noise over the kick-heavy beat, only letting up the tension every now and then for a convulsive breakdown.
By the arrival of Vented, a more steady, cycling groove has set in along with the accompaniment of suspenseful melodic swells, but the element of surprise is far from gone: there still seems to be spectral entities lurking around every corner, and there’s no shortage of intriguing tumbril weirdness blowing around the imaginary streets that this track conjures up.
The slamming North keeps alive the record’s persistent, darkly humorous feeling that things are about to go off the rails at any moment, using wildly contorted sequences and granular debris to shift between total abandon and regimented strictness.
A moment of relative calmness, along with the return of the atmospheric vocals, comes about with Stell, a faintly dubby track that leaves an impression like watching streams of traffic progress underneath rolling, deep grey clouds.
Kalosi brings back the percussive motif of Tasser and North, this time partnering it with loops that bring to mind radioactive bass strings.
Nims then shuts things down with infectious harp-like sequences, fuzzshrouded percussion which will get the attention of all listeners – a fitting way to end a standout in Blawan’s already decorated discography.
Wet Will Always Dry was released this past June in both 12″ and digital formats. Listen to North below, a cut from the album.