When the piece “Ternary Cathedral” by Darkmatter opens, it consists largely of a shimmery, muted melodic line, like the high end of a pipe organ set in reverie mode. It is heard in a dark echoing chamber, and as time passes, distortion enters. The inbound backdrop for that melodic bit seems to be the same phrase set through some heavy filter. A brief drum pattern helps connect the two, finding a rhythm in the fairly loose and cloud-like melody, and hammering it home. That the beat doesn’t last very long makes it doubly interesting — usually a beat is the backbone of a track; here it is a cameo, one element among many.
Track originally posted at soundcloud.com/darkmatter. More from Dark Matter, based in London, at twitter.com/malloc8.