Image credit: Samir Abya
Returning to the proverbial mixing desk, producer Kooma has strung together a sequence of warm notes, which form his newest offering, a single named ‘Hydra’. Released via Floating, Drifting Records, the single chases his February release, ‘Subliminal’, and shares much of the same vinyl-ised textures; both records are drenched in the noise old musical mediums produced, which gives them much of their character.
Stream / Download: Kooma – ‘Hydra’
From the get-go, Kooma’s record establishes an ineffable emotion. The feeling reminds me of the moment before one drifts off to sleep, you know, that limbo state between wakefulness and dreams. It’s uncanny. Perhaps it’s the lullaby-like pluck or its melody. Either way, the emotion is palpable. It really doesn’t take much to feel it.
An image sparked the producer’s imagination, inspiring him to complete the record. “Waves of the ocean were hitting the breakwater and creating these massive water splashes,” he shared. “That sight alone flipped the creative switch, both audio-wise and visually. The distorted lead synth of the chorus reflects the waves roaring toward me in the artwork.”