Since his first radar appearance back in 2014, Tim Penner’s released deeper sided cuts on Slideways, JOOF, Cycles, and a half dozen other labels. To date a singles-focussed producer, the onset of 2019 will see the debut of Tim’s first mass body of work with his debut album ‘Radio Silence’.
‘Radio Silence’ doesn’t play out in a building ‘mix-comp’ fashion. If one track has a stronger techno bias, the next will have a markedly different composite. Comparably it’s also never dark for the sake of being ‘moody’ or ‘cool’, or light simply to provide respite. When tonal contrasts occur, they’re incidental - part of the album’s bigger picture/broader experience.
Tim would have you see every track as being largely the same, albeit assembled in a different dimension. The result is a possible higher thinking electronic music trip.
Using the radio dial as a mechanic (which gives certain sections an ethereally retro futuristic feel) the album station-surfs through its numbers. Its frequencies don’t oscillate wildly, but remain in a constant state of flux.
Throughout you’ll find everything from the filmic to the dramatic, the clandestine to the kaleidoscopic and the edgy to the aquiline. Eclectic FX, 303 and industrialism echo in one track, supplanted by galactic and otherworldly sounds/sequences in the next. Some tracks draw notably on sonic references from decades past. Others have no frame of reference other than the here and now.
Tim says: “The story I had in mind stems from the concept of reaching new dimensions. The first song depicts static and a vintage radio. This radio ultimately ends up being the vessel to transport the user to new times and places. Each song really represents a different dimension. As the listeners travels to the end of the album, they have potentially reached a place of awakening and rebirth (its closing tracks).”
Tim goes further into its mechanics on the album’s creation on ‘Radio Silence’’s trailer video, which you can see below. The album’s out now on JOOF Recordings.