Karhide - Acadia (Field Records)
Release date: 5 April 2010
Following his time spent in Maine, USA, Tim Waterfield aka Karhide has produced a record influenced by his stay in the American state.
Acadia is the name given to the area of North America which became home to early European colonists in the 1600's, which includes the state of Maine. It is also the namesake of his debut album, which portrays Karhide's clear fascination with the state through eight instrumental hunks of progressive sound - all connected in some way to the place that inspired him so much.
Karhide may only be a one-man project, yet Acadia is an enormous record in both ambition and sound, which can be heard across the pleasurable thirty-six minute journey. Influences are drawn from a multitude of genres, and fused together to form a multi-layered long-player, expertly crafted and realised through experimentation with live instruments and programming.
Dirigo (meaning 'I lead' in Latin), is the state of Maine's motto, and also the title of Acadia's opening track. Just like the motto, this track is bold and confident whilst emitting a subtle heaviness - a theme which withstands through the entire record. From the dark corners of the opening track to the twinkly swoon of Ride which breaks down into a distorted electronic landscape, its hard to escape the hypnotic nature of Acadia. Chugging along at a steady, almost thoughtful pace, Karhide takes the time to delve into different pockets of emotion as the album bursts and blooms and rises and falls. Playing all the instruments himself, bar the live drums, Karhide has created a record rich in texture, abundant in emotion and full of reward. Definitely one to watch.
The verdict: 8.5 /10
For fans of: Russian Circles, Battles, Slint