Ever wondered what the illegitimate love child of James Blake, Yannis Phillippakis and Chad Valley would sound like? This South London-based producer may be providing just that – his debut ‘Permanence’ EP released last week fuses a hollow, featherlight vocal with enough fuzzy electronic beats to give them all a run for their money.
It’s a wonder that William Arcane hasn’t been snapped up by Warner Bros, or Universal, or some other huge record label by now. Supposedly named after the Swamp Thing character, he blends minimalistic synth loops and drum beats to great effect on EP opener ‘Departed’, which showcases his beautifully delicate vocal over a soundscape that’s awash with shimmering synth fuzz and drip-fed beats.
First single ‘Not The Only One’ proves Arcane to not just be a one trick pony; its languid, hazy intro leading into glimmering groove and a vocal that’s almost an exact replicate of Foals’ frontman on ‘Spanish Sahara.’ In fact every song from the five track EP is a cracker; ‘Want Somebody’ is all about the pitch changes and spectral synthwork, whereas ‘Paradigms’ is just over two minutes worth of grating, repetitive electronica – think Gold Panda 2010.
The dictionary definition of ‘arcane’ states : ‘known or understood by only a few.’ Mystery – there’s lashing of it, but if William keeps going the way he is, its our bet that this time next year the whole of the UK will be chanting his name.