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Single: Brown Calvin’s “P e r s p e c t I v e 4 4”

Brown Calvin’s “P e r s p e c t I v e 4 4” is a mellow, exploratory, subtly mysterious slice of life that brightens the room. It’s heavy on the “slice”: the two-minute piece starts without preamble and ends without warning, ambling magnificently through my ears between those times.

Brown Calvin (aka Andre Burgos) deftly brings many ideas together: hand percussion and an approximation of a snare form a loose backline for the piece, while ambient synth whorls, jazzy keys, and other unidentifiable instrument sounds warp and wander into each other over the walking-pace rhythm. The piece’s mood is “good vibes” on the surface, with mysterious ones underneath. The track is warm and friendly, and yet there’s some ennui hanging out in the background of some of the chord changes.

It’s hard to pin down “P e r s p e c t I v e 4 4” to any particular genre or space. It’s mellow, for sure, but not lo-fi; it’s jazzy, but not trying to make traditional jazz moves. It matches ambient approaches with steady percussion. It’s unique, interesting instrumental music that makes me excited for the full record d i m e n s i o n // p e r s p e c t i v e, which arrives August 26 via AKP Recordings.