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[Electronic] Rain and Flashing Lights – Tunnel

ONMZUSS026: Rain and Flashing Lights

Rain and Flashing Lights is such a visual phrase – a simple pairing of nouns which sounds like the title of a song or poem and conjures a sight most of us have seen, especially urbanites. Fitting, then, that Rain and Flashing Lights is a young producer and Ableton-head from Brooklyn whose latest single “Tunnel” on Onamazu is an audio visual escapade.

Three bright notes anchor the song. They form a simple but attractively familiar melody, the type which would grab your attention at the mysterious but hopeful beginning of a quality movie trailer about AI. If you listen close enough, you may hear the natural sound sample in the back (hint: it’s an integral part of Brooklyn and almost any huge city), just before a raw collage of glitches and unorthodox DnB percussion drops in hard. The melody is riffed and varied upon with a nice, ethereal synthesizer pad, and soon a bassline of the grimier variety peeks in, creating a uniquely pleasant juxtaposition of sound. It’s all rushing to a head until it ends, like leaving a tunnel.

“Tunnel” is the 26th track from the always-expanding Onamazu Single Series. Onamazu always utilizes resplendent visual accompaniment for their releases, and this single features art from Kylie Tseng. Grab a free download here.

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[Trip-Hop] Rain and Flashing Lights – Breathless

ONMZUSS23: Rain and Flashing Lights

Rain and Flashing Lights is the latest addition to the always beguiling Onamazu label, and his debut tune makes quite the case for why they picked him up. “Breathless” immediately plunges you into a dreamy state of affairs from the first note, and, as the synths wash in and out over the minimal drum patterns and slow but steady crescendo of pads, you slip into a welcoming tranquility.

Onamazu prides itself on its focus around the “wave” subset of electronic music, which is vague in structure, but you know it when you hear it. 23 singles later, they are still bringing great new stuff to the table, and Rain and Flashing Lights has already become an instrumental part of their fresh direction. Grab a free download of “Breathless” here!

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