Taraval – ‘Streetways EP’ (Text Records)

With the momentum that’s built behind the Four Tet name, anything that Kieran Hebden does is monitored by what has propagated to become nothing short of a cult following. Along with chums Dan Snaith & Sam Shepard (Caribou and Floating Points), Hebden has attained infamy for channeling a far-flung eclecticism in his crowd-educating sets. The latest signing to his Text imprint, is a debut from the mysterious ‘San Francisco based’ Taraval. The announcement immediately raised suspicion that this might be another social experiment from Hebden or one of his peers but Taraval has proclaimed conversely on their Soundcloud profile.

The four track ‘Streetways’ EP spans palatial variety, ‘Gar’s Highway’ is a futuristic groover, channeling the energy of Detroit it builds intensity in it’s pace. Looping synths and machine-gun kicks induce the sensation of being propelled through a pitch black underpass, the darkness broken by periodic strobes and the shouts of a stranger reverberating against the concrete. ‘Gonna Rain’ is spaced-out and captivating; booming organ keys send out alerts that something monumental is about to go down, and that it does.

On the flip, ‘Streetways’ is a jacking House weapon. Deep vocals dance alongside an oscillating Acid line for atmospheric results. ‘Doug’s Prayer’ is a stripped back slab of Techno tinged House straight from the leftfield. Isolated piano keys appear at the mid-point to balance things out and ferry us home. A strong debut, each track packs a different punch.

Conor McTernan