Sante Fe based producer Watson (aka Frank Watson Rose) started playing music in 1990 after his mom bought him a guitar. Later picking up the drums, he found rhythm came naturally to him and began constructing his own compositions. Watson draws from a wide range of influences and experiences, from performing in a Seattle grunge band in the mid-90’s to learning west African tribal rhythms. In 2009 he discovered the Monome, which lead him to become the artist he is today. Watson has performed at Communikey in Boulder Colorado, organized Monome tours spanning 8 countries and produced the first Gridfest, a three-day festival bringing together 13 electronic artists from North America to perform and give workshops.
basic_sounds is honoured to feature Watson’s first full-length release Interstices. The album opens with Adsidua, a slow building glitch soundscape incorporating percussion layers, textural crackles and watery gushes creating a calm rhythmic intensity. Allay.Embark is a beautiful and submersive ambient journey with light echoing shuffles, organic field recordings, delicate tones and deep throbbing bass pulses. Foundation starts with twinkling bells that evolve into a full-on synth groove with organic drumming. Overall Watson delivers a stunning first release incorporating inspirations from around the globe.
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