Following ‘Riddle Drum’ EP in August 2018 and a single ‘Jenny Nettles’ in February, Drumspyder gives us a new EP this week with ‘Crossing.’ Drumspyder aka Scott Sterling is the artist behind the inspired designs of the original cover art for all of his releases. A weaver of cross-cultural sounds, this time he leads us into the lands of Ireland and Scotland. Celtic symphonies are brought into 2019 with percussive and thoughtful rhythmic accompaniment unique to Drumspyder’s style. Tribal hand-drumming suggests that we’re in earshot of a live performance, seeing instrumentalists standing before us as well as vocalists in the first track ‘Oak Tree Hex.’ Since it’s rather likely we’re not actually dancing on Irish earth (any fans in Ireland out there?), Drumspyder gives us extra nice production on our headphones, where we hear the sounds of a jaw harp change from ear to ear. The tune takes nice turns and meanders into different parts, building to a complex strong rhythmic overlay with deep bass undertones and spacious, tasteful accentuation on instrumentation that is both classy and tribal, and deep and melodic.
Drumspyder — Scott Sterling — brings a deep love of rhythm, drums, and dance to his distinctive style of organic, tribal folktronica. An expert percussionist specializing in tamborines and framedrums, he weaves intricate hand percussion and electronic sounds into finely sculpted grooves, equally inspirational to the dance floor and the on-stage performer. Drawing inspiration primarily from the old music of Europe and the Mediterranean, his music is a unique alchemy of musical traditions, energetic tribal rhythms, and sensual pagan atmosphere.
Originating in San Francisco’s crucible of bellydance, bass culture, and world music fusion, Drumspyder has come into his own as an original producer, building a substantial catalog of work on the Caravan, Dakini, and Desert Trax labels, then striking out on his own with 3 original EPs released independently since 2015. He is a prolific remixer, lending his signature live percussion and melodic touch to the Desert Dwellers, Deya Dova, Wildlight, and various traditional ensembles. His music has been featured in numerous dance DVDs and theatrical productions.
Released January 18, 2019