Album Review of Embers by Throwing Snow.
Release Date: Jan 20, 2017
Record label: Houndstooth
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance, Dubstep, IDM
When flames die down, embers remain, orange gems both hopeful and dangerous. Often, their glow promises to keep you warm; sometimes, though, they're the satisfied belch after a fire incinerates your every possession. On Embers, Bristol-based artist Throwing Snow, aka Ross Tones, mines them for themes of entropy and rebirth, opening his sophomore studio effort with crackling embers before turning to his mathematically beautiful brand of IDM.Guttural bass and airy chimes permeate the record, as Tones experiments with recorded sounds and synth flourishes.
Following his excellent 2014 debut full-length, Mosaic, and several singles that were collected as Axioms, London-based producer Throwing Snow (Ross Tones) released his second album, Embers, on Fabric's Houndstooth imprint in 2017. More conceptual than his prior releases, the album is a continuously flowing suite that incorporates many sounds from nature: rainfall, fire, birds, even purring cats. Unlike Mosaic or Snow Ghosts (Tones' trip-hop-leaning project with singer Augustus Ghost and co-producer Oli Knowles), there are no vocals on this album, but they would only be distracting here.