After an extended interval between releases, Data Arts Group owner/operator Document Swell (real name Simon Cotter), presents his first full length LP “Hybrid Emotion”. Document Swell’s first musical contribution to Data Arts Group is also the first vinyl release for the label and brings DAG into the new world of 2022 and beyond. Song-writing, and sound sketches for “Hybrid Emotion” took place over a time span of approximately 5 years in various bedroom studios and life-phases throughout northern Melbourne/Naarm, as well as small setups in the Berlin localities of Templehof and Schöneberg. Arranging and mixing was completed in Northcote, throughout that period of ample time in Melbourne’s Covid lockdowns. The album spans a rich tapestry of ideas and moods which can be perceived as something between Document Swell’s classic playful dance floor style to a more reflective and brooding tone.
The opening track “River Heart”, is built of rudimentary pitched percussion, warm Juno pads and randomised Blofeld synthesis to construct an electronic impression and nostalgic sense of life by the river. The title track “Hybrid Emotion” brings the album closer to the realm of the club with relaxed house grooves and moody but spirited melodies, along with hybridised vocal samples.“Why Then Here” pushes the album’s character towards something less human, with a more synthetic affection portrayed by repetitive vocal samples and individualistic synth tangents. “Now and Then” realigns the trajectory to a warmer and more predictable landscape with chugging Balearic rhythms, glassy synths and jottings of lush electric guitar. On the flip side, “Day of Thunder” drops things down into an animated variety of industrial darkness, with heavy weight kick drums, metallic percussion and bleak vocal messaging. “Little G”, an ode to a well loved cat, lightens things up instantly with playful synth noodlings, disco beats and clatter from pots and pans. “Vergangenheit” exhibits Simon’s explorations into the acid world, with 303 squawks, cassette crunched drums and shadowy synth pads. The closing track “Epic Sands” ends the album, not with an end note, but a sense of ongoing possibilities. - Data Arts Group