INTRODUCING OUR LATEST SIGNEE:
CSLTY (Anthony Rodriguez), a New York native producer and musician, has signed with .WAVCAVE Records for the release of his debut EP, THE NIGHT IS DARK AND FULL OF POWER. Scheduled for a Bandcamp exclusive release on October 2nd and a full launch on all DSPs slated for October 9th, the 5-track EP is a collection of buttery smooth subdued beats with a cinematic tonality, the perfect soundtrack to a brisk autumn late night or early morning. The EP was written and recorded during the first half of 2020 at CSLTY's home studio in the Bronx, the borough in which CSLTY has "spent the most time living, learning and connecting."
When considering what shaped the sounds of the EP, CSLTY refers back to the feelings of a quiet version of New York during the hours right before dawn. Musical inspiration include "the soundtrack for the film Bushwick by Aesop Rock who also happens to be one of my favorite rapper/producers and the soundtrack for the film Good Time by Oneohtrix Point Never." CSLTY's influences by producers-turned-composers can be heard on every track, with lush synths reverberating through distressed piano, all counter-balanced by rich drum patterns and heavily affected vocal samples to create a cohesive landscape rooted in the brisk air of an empty New York City street.
CSLTY describes the EP artwork as "a wave of unknown." The image emulates rough waters, shredding apart in a digital space - light purples falling into the depths of shadows with pixelated hues of red finding their way to the surface. Having created the artwork himself, it's easily the perfect visual match to the reflective nature of each track on the EP. An all too relevant feeling of being alone in the dark, as we continue to navigate the global effects of COVID-19 on society as we know it.
When relating THE NIGHT IS DARK AND FULL OF POWER to his past work, CSLTY notes, “I see this release as a huge stepping stone in my music career. I’m not sure where it’ll take me but I’m excited for the journey.” The EP was written, produced, mixed and mastered by CSLTY using a Maschine Mk3 and an Akai Professional LPK25 keyboard.
For .WAVCAVE Records, CSLTY’s THE NIGHT IS DARK AND FULL OF POWER is the seventh EP to be released via the Brooklyn-based label and artists’ collective. A fresh addition to a modest catalogue of emotionally attuned and forward-thinking electronic music. THE NIGHT IS DARK AND FULL OF POWER drops exclusively on Bandcamp October 2nd and will be available on all streaming platforms worldwide October 9th.