Drums and Hums. The idea started out as a mixtape I was going to make for a friend. The A side was going to be filled with examples of songs with big-sounding drums from the early 60s, and the B side was going to be a bunch of religious music.
But as it goes when you run your record player through a sampler, I was given the option to repurpose these old songs into a kind of transforming collage. The loops, samples, and sounds roll and fold in on each other like low-hanging fog disturbed by passing cars and pedestrians.
The result is a release where the concept of the "song" gives way to a much larger piece of music resembling a soundtrack for the inevitability of time, where one can hear the slow decay of old sounds which continue to unravel and reveal new meaning to the listener through the ease of repetition.
"At some points in Drums & Hums (D&H), it sounds as though I’m listening to exactly where Animal Collective would’ve been at this time if they kept on their Feels aesthetic, or like Ariel Pink’s Pedestrian Pop Hits enjoyable monotony. But some of these haunting samples also ring a memory of Friday nights around 9, when the streets were calming down from the activities throughout the day, and homes and shops and porches all are dimly lit, and barely murmuring music or conversations, mingling into a mountain of sound."
- C Monster, Tiny Mix Tapes (www.tinymixtapes.com/chocolate-grinder/listen-skyscraper-drums-hums-dh
"Ghosts of distant audio dance between slowly folding ambient layers, restful and then groovy, sometimes given tangibility by more rhythmic accompaniments — a vibe that makes me imagine eating a candy in thick fog, or just pulled taffy being made. The long story short, if you aren’t afraid of collage, this is a very feel good tape."
-Decoder Magazine (www.secretdecoder.net/blog/2015/08/24/skyscraper-drums-hums/
"Samples of old songs intersperse and overlap to create hypnotic sonic collages that are loose and laid back in the best of ways."
-Ruix Zine #8
"The tracks slowly fade in and out of each other in a mesmerizing procession. Occasionally, voices from an old recording emerge intact, piercing the fog. Overall the tape suggests the languid state of waking from an afternoon nap where the sounds outside the window mix with one’s slowly fading dreams."
- Guide Me Little Tape