Album Review – Edamame: Cold Floors EP

…And Nice Wool Socks

The man can pump out quality beats like he was taking a breath. What we are saying is, Edamame makes it look effortless. What his latest EP Cold Floors may lack in length, it more than makes up for in robust tracks. The three songs on the Cold Floors EP come in at just over ten minutes, which is more than enough to get his point across, which is longing, love and isolation.

The possible themes are all well and good, but what makes Cold Floors EP stand out is the tightness and fluidity of the beats. From the light winds that play at the opening of “Gathered” to the distant vocals that take up most of the run time. everything works together. It’s a wonder that he can drop in and out of one style, within the same song, while keeping the overall tone consistent. The repeated phrase “I love you” acts as a chorus of sorts, while a light drum pattern builds and subsides in waves until it fades out completely.

On “Cold Floors” we are greeted by the chirping of birds before a simple high-hat and snare combo officially starts the song. Awakened by the new day, “Cold Floors” takes you through your morning routine in a cold and isolated home. The song feels like success, but at a cost. The cold floors of a house that isn’t a home. The cymbal crashes are isolated and empty, coming just after the downbeats, so that they have the greater impact. The chirps of the bird are slightly off-timed and bouncing on either side of the speakers, almost as if it were circling the house.

The last song on the Cold Floors EP is “Cimmerian” and is the most “traditional” sounding from a beat standpoint. It follows a simple boom-bap pattern that you may hear from a group of teens pounding on a lunch table, while they take turns freestyling. The haunting choir vocals in the back raise it to a level above schoolyard ciphers, while the light guitar riff fills in the empty spaces. It’s all at once a visitation to your past, and a timeless experience.

Edamame excels at letting his beats breathe and Cold Floors EP is no exception. As with any EP this short, it’s hard to know where exactly it can fit in an overall work, but based solely on its on merits it is damn good. Artists have a tendency to overfill their instrumentals in an attempt to show versatility, but Cold Floors EP shows that sometimes the more stripped down approach is the best way to showcase your arsenal of sound.

Originally published on – (11/06/2014)


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