MULTICAST returns in 2005, landing on the turntable with a new kool-aid laced tropical-flavored platter. BAHIAN COASTAL HWY explores the rain-slicked Brazilian jungles of the mind. This limited release was pressed on beautiful green-marbled vinyl and packaged inside clear, hand silk-screened sleeves. It was cut at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin, resulting in an LP with deep bass, sparkling resonance and represent the trio’s most sophisticated sound to date. The LP opens with the title track “Bahian Coastal Hwy”, where Multicast explores latin electro-infused rhythms, interlaced with Multicasts trademark lush guitar melodies. This Trans-Brazilian Express is a fusion of ideas past and future. Its a syncopated trip. The subsonics of “Underdub” pulse with dub-wise beats and deep chords delayed beyond imagination. A bubble-bath of modular synthesis percolates throughout, while deep jazzy guitar sheds some sonic light bringing dark shapes into context. There is a cinematic quality to this release, and it shines best in the tracks “Arrival, “Departure” and “Rotation”, which explore themes of anticipation, longing, dread and hard-cold beauty. The choice college indie-radio track “The Only Thing I Adore” reveals Multicast’s sensibility in fusing pop and left-field electronics. Like morning sunlight through a window, warm and immersive counter-point music-box melodies weave between shimmering static and vocoded lyrics singing of love and admiration. Multicast’s approach to music is all about creating atmosphere and depth without cluttering the sound field. “Pucuna” explores this notion with intricate poly-rhythms and tribal syncopations. The incorporation of synthesized sounds of birds of the rainforest, electronic insects and formant vocalizations will paint a vivid picture in the listeners mind. “Ansico” rounds out the journey, winding sublime melodies, clockwerk rhythm’s, and lap-steel guitar around a 30 hz & below bassline. Multicast reaches new heights in terms of production, arrangement and song writing skills. It’s absolutely rich with emotion and detail and will reveal new things with each repeated listen.
Re-released June 2015 on CD/Digital with bonus tracks for the 10-year anniversary! Original vinyl released in 2005 in a limited edition run of 400 Green marbled vinyl 12″.