Does not disappoint at all!
Scott Riesterer is a skilled sound designer from Vancouver, Canada for documentaries, short films, video games, and commercials. The musical inspiration for Sonidos De Cuba stems from a trip the country over a decade ago. The new nine-track release dabbles in alt-jazz, electronica, trip-hop, down-tempo, house, and progressive genres with some alt-pop influences. Sonidos De Cuba is embellished with the sounds of the island nation from field recordings that are not grainy, too unprocessed, or too rough.
“Una Die En El Jardine” opens with various animal sounds and atmospheric or environmental interference. The music is interrupted with percolating, blurby sounds. The trumpet-like noises blend with a house or trip-hop back-beat that contains some dry pings, wood block sounds, and raw percussion consisting of cymbals and drums. A squawky, static-driven guitar embellishment sets the tone for a classical rock presence that is a little funk-laden. However, the tune mellows with some rattling percussion, electronic pings and noises, along with blurby, spacey inflections that are new age and avant-garde. A fluid, keyboard portion reflects a jazzy side that throbs with lush sounds seemingly leaping out of the speakers and into your lap. The environmental noises
return at the end of the song for a circumlocutional affect that does not disappoint.
“Jinetero” opens with an urban, bazaar feel, followed by a swishy percussion set that is boisterous and definitely alive with muted trumpet sounds, rippling percussion, and electronic scratches, buzzes, and blurbs. The funk-laden tune contains punchy, but steady trumpet sounds throughout. However, the real charm is the spacious electric sounds and deep voice that recites the song’s title a few times throughout the song.
“La Cueva” opens with some whistling, environmental noises, and walking sounds with some swishy wave sounds. There are scattered pings and drones that merge into a rock-type solo on drums, wood block-like instrument, dark trumpet stylings, and blurby electronic sounds. The atmospheric washes and general beat resemble older Tangerine Dream material. At any rate, the music is rather long, but contains a variety of progressions that are not exactly coherent. Still, there are beautiful soundscapes that are explored with precision and desirability in mind.
“Motopollo” opens with environmental noises and animal sounds that are joined by a motorcycle
motor that repeats the same basic motor sound for a minute. The motor sound wanes and the swishy percussion picks up speed, but the electronic drones, slapping sounds, and reverberating saw-like sounds with some grinding noises make the song particularly likeable. There is a nice mix of electronica and dance with an almost equal addition of avant-garde charm.
“De Salida” begins with a vibrant mix of urban sounds that resemble a subway, crowd of people, and intercepted transmissions from other planets. However, the tonal pings and clear tones signal a rather avant-garde set-up. There are children’s voices in the background, radio or television transmissions, and swishy percussion noises that cannot be ignored. The laser-like pings, earthy percussion, and sparkling electronica provide a multi-layered song that is anything but boring. The electronic notes are playful and almost indicative of chip-tune music.
Canadian-based, Scott Riesterer, presents listeners with a diverse array of amped-up electronic music with a percussive twist. There are enough melodies and rhythms to entice even the most discriminating listeners. Sonidos De Cuba is an avant-garde-beat that is somewhat Caribbean, but more focused on electronica with a new age presence. The music does not disappoint at all.
Anyone familiar with instrumental electronica and percussion magnificence should check out
Scott Riesterer’s latest release.