Dave Saved – Power and Silence: Deinsutrialization EP

Dave Saved (or Salvati if you’re Italian) comes by way of Gang of Ducks, with a new EP that’s title you’d still be reading long after the four original songs have stopped playing. Power and Silence: Deinsutrialization EP is the follow up to the artist’s critically acclaimed Prisoners of Gravity LP last year, and although my earlier exaggeration is really unfounded, I find the title does carry some significance in understanding what Mr. Salvati has created here. We’ve recently become trapped in this functional paradigm that Techno, and its subsidiaries, have created, and the general consensus among new and established artists heading up the vanguard, is to bring back the humanity in the genre. I believe this is what Mr. Salvati set out to accomplish with the Deindustrialization part of the EP.

As an improvised analogue creation, the EP brings back a little more personality into the fold and as a result it encourages comparisons to the likes of Aphex Twin’s Ambient Works and Boards of Canada’s earlier releases. The Power and Silence part of the title is slightly more ambiguous however. Although the Power is definitely present from the opening track, of the same name, the layers of texture he applies in his music, could certainly do with a bit more of the Silence element. I mean, if you break music down to its most basic principle it’s just the arrangement of sound and silence and although Power and Silence does re-appropriate some interesting Techno timbres, they are nevertheless, a constant. They are relentless and never give the silence the space to constitute some rhythmic progress.

No lights, is another case in point, in which a largo pad swaths the whole track and never allows the silence between the beats of the percussive part to fully take shape. On Random Souls Fluidity, the synths are the main offender, as they get tangled in each other’s various sequences, but in this case just as they start saturating the track the appeal of this EP becomes obvious again. A slow moving pad, which avoids the machine aesthetic, showcases a rare sympathy in electronic music through the imperfections of human contact. The background hiss of the analogue instruments act as the only hint at an industrial music as Dave Salvati controls them via means of extemporised. At times it does get a it too freeform for me, as it exploits as many notes as possible ina na attempt to see what sticks, but when it is focussed in a direction, like Virtual Feelings, it certainly hits the spot. Here, Salvati manages to execute the dynamic between the power and the silence that’s been eluding him for most of the EP. It goes further to incorporate brass-like synths and a rumbling bass-line in a spectacular display of disparate tonal qualities that end up working incredibly well together and as you become accustomed to the slow menacing beat, it disappears amongst the other layers of syncopated rhythms. The Gang of Ducks rework re-industrialises the track to close off the EP, and like the Aisha Devi mindworker rework of Power and Silence, reconceptualises Dave Saved’s ambient constructions for the dance floor, without taking too much of the expressiveness out of the music.

It rounds off an EP that is certainly intriguing, but at times gets too introspective in the way it can when an artist only acts on mere impulses. It does make for a refreshing take on Techno’s somewhat entrenched features and it acts as the innate follow up to Prisoners of Gravity, establishing Dave Saved as part of that current vanguard of artists looking to take Techno out of its comfort zone.