Brought from the cosmic energies above straight into your human ears, Equanimous presents his sensory-filled debut album, Merging Elements, via Gravitas Recordings. Merging Elements is a heart-centered adventure whose inhabitant exists between bliss and bass. Moving through downtempo, tribal, classical, and multifarious genre terrains, this is an artist who sounds like Blackmill, CloZee, and Random Rab had an immaculately conceived, sonic lovechild destined to be the next messiah over desert music.
Throughout 11 opulent collaborations, prepare to engage in an ecstatic, auditory journey full of ethereal vibrations, breathtaking melodies, opulent dreamscapes, and organic textures. The LP’s opening track, “Arise,” sees Equanimous and Skysia as they prepare for a meditative voyage into the beautiful sunset. Equanimous and nok nok immediately encounter a series of rhythmic, vocal percussion in “Bumpin Bass Beatbox.”
Equanimous recruits Auralponic for “Tahini Kiatsu” as dreamy keys meet an expressive, bassy spirit with a hint of glitch. AHEE is the next companion when the duo encounters an “Air Bender,” who greets them with cinematic instrumentals that alter between dreamy and high-powered. Each song brings forth its own special process, and a special collaborative vibe consolidates with intention and care, ultimately forming the unified project that is Equanimous’s debut full-length.
Hohm and Equanimous are soon escorted to meet the “Saviour,” traveling down a passage of soothing bells and oscillation. “Echoes” are rebounded as Equanimous and ZANDRO face a shadowy, unknown opponent of mysterious origins. Equanimous and Oliwa enlist ethereal singer Ruby Chase for a celestial sailing to the sky as she reminds them to keep their “Head Up High.” Equanimous and his alternate musical alias, Bliss Looper, experience euphoric “Dreamality” as angelic vocalist Cyndy Fike enters the stage. Geometrae joins for the concluding title track, exploring worldly and organic musical territories that achieves true equanimity.
Admittedly, Equanimous is a name that is brand new to CE, and most likely unbeknownst to many. Yet, there are certain artists and sounds that are so unique and mature, so edgy and complex, and so full of transience that one can’t help but leave without the sense that Equanimous is going to catapult himself into greatness.