Now this here is an overdue post – and yet it now turns out to be something of a hopeful preview of things to come. Sherkel’s no stranger to any visitor to TYFTH, but after gophering away for years on his own productions it’s surely time for a post to help them be heard more widely.
Since the upload a year or so ago of Night Falls, a full mixed set(!) of NRG and freeform experiments that had some very promising moments, Sherkel has hit on a incredibly distinctive style that takes his melodies in a (slightly) more conventional direction and pairs them with an unbelievably accurate take on elements of Einhander’s sound. That second bit really is something, somehow nailing not only the trademark Einhander lead sounds but also his filtering techniques. For good measure a number of Sherkel’s tracks also emulate Einhander’s percussion style, as heard in Yarai, my choice to headline the post.
Yarai‘s melody is a rework of a Pokemon OST but still has the distinctive Sherkel style – I can’t stress enough how impressed I am to be describing such a new artist’s productions (or pretty new to NRG, at any rate) in those terms. That incredible filtering gets a run out here, and the track is a fine example of Sherkel’s work post-Night Falls. You might also notice that Yarai is already nine months old, but happily there has been plenty of progress since. edit: The version at the top of the post is now the updated, full length track from January. More recent tracks have definitely upped the level once more, giving me hope that at least some will be completed and online before too long. A Night Falls 2 would already be an impressive set.
Oh my goodness! At last! Maybe I should consider posting the January update in full, especially seeing as this is here now…I wish I knew what else to say after all the walls of text I’ve bombarded you with other than thanks! The Mousetrap isn’t quite at FINRG level yet, but I’m still hoping on that being the gateway to more releases. If not, though, the time is still near for at least some of that back catalogue to make its way into the open, for the sake of this site and the styles it promotes if nothing else. I have been playing with some track connections too, specifically trying to see how some of those minor second modulations could fit in with the right BPM/pitch changes, so another mixed set is a possibility.
Stay tuned for more!
Sounds very promising – and sorry this took so long, even if the timing looks to have synched nicely in the end. Will update the post with the January version!