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Posted on January 31, 2022

FRESH JUICE: Long Island Sound - First Contact

Long Island Sound are duo Rob Roche and Tim Nolan, who've just released their EP First Contact on Irish artist Hammer's label, Remmah.

Words & Design by Michael Savage

Buy/ Stream here: thehammerhits.bandcamp.com/album/first-contact-ep

Hailing from Dublin, the duo have created a phenomenal release of ambient and pulsing cuts that find tranquil moments in space throughout.

Lead single Memory weaves at a hypnotic pace from start to finish. The bassline ducks and moves around an arp line glued together with a pumping kick to make this track a highlight to watch out for at their next show. The accompanying video is a mind-melting trip. www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNH0UsVg5j0

First Contact and Wind & Rain layer delayed drums that give space to construct gorgeous progressive melodies. Both tracks build to their own zenith before leaving the journey back down weightless and shimmering. From being in the crowd at Long Island Sound's show at CABAL Limerick last year, we had an instant admiration for both Rob and Tim's skills for calculated construction of musical textures and energy flow throughout their set.

Aurora reminds us of that night. A smooth track of two parts, The first commanded by a vocal sample and drum groove working against it, and the second half by a filter-controlled arp that has us holding our breaths for a release.

Komorebi details a swaggering frenetic acid line and a relaxed ambient groove underneath. A standout favourite of ours coming in at 4.31 minutes, it is the shortest track but most impactful!

press pic of the two lads

First Contact by Long Island Sound is a stellar release out now that you can stream and purchase digitally from bandcamp. thehammerhits.bandcamp.com/album/first-contact-ep