Having never heard a single Pourover song previously, I listened to the album “Music for Driving and Thinking About Your Life,” on a whim and was blown away. Every song is a beautiful interplay of high, mid, and low frequencies with very warming sound. Headphones are a must to hear all the intricate subtleties.
This is a great album to accompany every mood. If you have an overactive mind, and just want to sit in a rocking chair and think, this album will enhance that process. This kind of music is just perfect for any kind of thinking activity.
Pourover’s musical style features chill, ambient-driven tunes as well as grooving basslines and syncopated rhythms. His tracks generally develop in a slow linear progression with the addition of one to two instruments at a time and then remain relatively constant. Unlike many types of electronic music, Pourover’s creations avoid heavy drops and soaring leads instead focusing on syncopated breaks and rolling soundscapes.
If you listen to this non-stop or even more than once like me. You’ll really get to appreciate the music more as you soak it up. “Trappist” opens with some tribal-tinged percussion before moving into a strident marching beat washed over by luscious wave of buzzing synths. “Bayflowers” is one of my favorite tracks on this Ep -light and airy with a forceful melody.
“Aer” is another key track, with its warm, self-assured flow of what sounds like an organ. “Road Bear” comes in on a finger-snapping beat, which expands into an abundance of percussive sounds and ambient noises over an electronic-driven keyboard. “Lebec” and “Melod” are ponderously powerful and laden with instrumental parts that create a wall of texturing sound.
“Music for Driving and Thinking About Your Life,” is a deep, smooth, and highly appealing, electronic workout which will transport you through a perfect trip inside your brain. It’s difficult for me to articulate exactly why I like Pourover so much, but I think the reason is because he has great songs. Find a song on the Ep that you can gravitate towards, for whatever reason – I chose “Bayflowers” -and let it guide you through the rest of the album.
“Music for Driving and Thinking About Your Life,” does not endow itself with the cinematic grandeur of some forms of electronic music and is more oriented towards providing a score for the individual listener’s personal experiences. The variety within a basic framework of stabilizing sounds provides heightened interest and listening to the entire Ep, you can enjoy each artistic expression without having to control your environment or skip over tracks.
If you have any desire whatsoever for that elusive bird called ‘chillout’ music, Pourover’s works are absolutely essential for your playlist.