Conceived in a college dorm room, Nathan Broaddus’s Evenings gained a phenomenal and deserved number of accolades following the release of last years otherworldly North Dorm EP. Fusing experimental electronic vibes with hip hop influenced beats, Broaddus concocted an EP so unique and engaging that it forcefully solicited repeated listens. Now, with another years experience under his belt and an eager fanbase, Evenings has unleashed a ten track record of entirely new material, titled Lately.
The five tracks that furnished the North Dorm EP were immediately striking and provocatively enticing, with only a couple of the tracks breaking the four minute mark. With Lately, Broaddus appears to have adopted a more calculated and judicious approach, preferring to sculpt atmosphere rather than merely injecting it. [l] Softly, We Go comes across like a narcotized Pantha Du Prince, whilst remaining absorbing and decidedly timid. Composed almost solely of a steady, repetitive beat and a cautiously plucked guitar, it’s experimentalism at it’s utmost progressive. Around the six minute mark, the track splutters beautifully into life, taking on a atmospheric styled approach a kin to that of The Field, ascertaining itself as an album highlight.
There’s still the electronically animated numbers, such as x and the dreamyily measured Genève which both would have seamless fitted onto North Dorm. What Lately shows as much as anything is that the immense flexibility and alluring diversity that Broaddus has developed is allowing the music of Evenings to take on multiple persona’s, whilst remaining unshakably true to it’s electronic roots. Album highlight Saône portrays this sublimely; as it twists itself gracefully into the listeners consciousness, aided by subtle side-chaining and a seductively winsome riff.
In the year since North Dorm EP, remaining remotely reticent has allowed Broaddus to flourish, whilst adding immeasurably to his repertoire of creational semblances. The Bibio vibes are ever-present, no more so than on the culminating track [Lately] See You Soon, which utilizes a elegantly manipulated piano to transcendental effect. For a project with such humble origins, Lately proves that Evenings is more than ready to be alleviated to grandiloquent levels.
Lately is available to download from the Evenings bandcamp.