I was recently introduced to the music of Israeli producer Symbolico. His newest EP, The Divine Purpose, transports the listener to different parts of the world, blending different types of ethnic and psychedelic music. The classic sounds from artists such as Shpongle and Shulman are fused with top-notch production skills influenced by bass and glitch. Ideally a downtempo album is as captivating from your living room as on the dance floor and The Devine Purpose definitely meets that description, being simultaneously introspective and celebratory. The EP is full of hypnotic beats and deep spiritual groves. It seems to be at least partially a tribute to spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, using many quotes as vocal samples as well as inspiration for the title. The album is very much meant to be listened to as a whole. While tracks don’t necessarily mix into each other, there is an overall atmosphere that weaves them together.
The title track opens with a dubby piano synth and low grunting bass sounds. Tolle’s voice speaks, “Nothing of value, nothing that is real is ever lost. You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are”. A laser fires and the song breaks into a more danceable beat composed of crisp snaps and low bell tones. This song is really wet, you can hear it drip!
If Mario’s mushrooms teleported him to Shpongleland I’m pretty sure the soundtrack would be Craziness Is A Part Of Normality. This track is full of Simon Posford‘s influence overlaid with some heavy bass. To top it off there are digital video game blips that are reminiscent of jumping around in early video game worlds. This track is a real stand out to me because it’s a great example of properly adapting the influence of another artist and not just copying their sound.
A Portal is Opening Up begins with birds quietly chirping over a low drone. Eckhart speaks again, “Every sound is born out of silence, dies back into silence, and during its life span, it’s surrounded by silence, silence enables the sound to be” as he says this, you get the first taste of the bass. He continues, “It is an intrinsic but unmanifested part of every sound, every musical note, every song, every word, paying attention to outer silence creates inner silence, the mind becomes still, a portal is opening up”. The song kicks into full gear with an upbeat drum pattern, chanting and a stretchy bassline.
The album closes with Magical Chi, a track that starts off playful and reminds me of Spoonbill. He even manages to use a recorder in a way that doesn’t sound awful and instead gives the song a childlike feel. After a while, the song takes a series of dives getting deeper and slower. The track becomes even more hypnotic as eerie female vocals are glitched over top of it.
There isn’t much additional information available about Symbolico, he has a few other releases out but for the most part seems like a newer name. Unsurprisingly, he was booked to play during Shpongle’s live performance in Israel. I look forward to hearing more from him and seeing where this project goes! I highly recommend The Divine Purpose for anyone who likes music that takes you deep inside your mind such as Pitch Black, OTT, Kalya Scintila and all others mentioned above.