Bewilderbeast - Severed
To preface, Unreal Estate is undeniably brilliant and in my opinion is near flawlessly mixed. Upon multiple listens, tracks like “Severed” and “Loam" have solidified the record as one of my favorites this year. The production and compositional value are certainly excellent, but it’s something else that sets this record apart for me…
I remember the first time I heard Bewilderbeast; I was listening to an onlne DJ set from Jealous Gold. They began the set with “Severed” the first track on Unreal Estate. By the fifteen second mark I was so transfixed I almost dropped the drink I forgot I was holding. Sitting there totally glossed over, I kept asking myself “what is that sound?” that opening sound, it hooked me immediately. As I later explored the rest of the record, I encountered this same feeling again and again. Bewilderbeast continually interjected my reality, impressing sometimes inaccessible feelings. Sudden nostalgia or anticipation arose with movements of the record, all the while my consciousness slipped away into a timeless haze. It’s this transformative character that keeps me coming back.
To me the desire to create art is often an extension of the human desire to communicate emotion or perspective. If something I hear is capable of transforming my mental state listen after listen, I would say that piece is great art, and perhaps timeless. I hear a lot of records and think, “that’s really good” or “that could’ve used more work” but rarely ever do I hear a record that makes me think “that sounds timeless”. Unreal Estate is a great example of how timeless and artful music can be.
You can purchase a digital copy or a 12” vinyl of Unreal Estate from Airline Tapes here and find Bewilderbeast on soundcloud as well.