Belfast, County Antrim
SORBET is a new project from producer, drummer & vocalist Chris W Ryan (Robocobra Quartet) The first release via Bureau B, Life Variations is a suite of three tracks borne from the same musical seed. "Every time I sat at the piano I played that same chord progression and it felt never-ending. It felt like I could play the same two chords for a lifetime".
Life itself is the subject of this EP, which precedes a full-length album in 2021. A presumptuous thing to tackle across 20 minutes, Life Variations negotiates Birth, Death and that part in between.
Explosions of reverb and sampled voice are at the core of the palate-cleansing sound of SORBET - a place where electronic and acoustic sounds have equal weight. Melding scorched synths with hypnotic patterns that traverse the flux and form of noise, post-classical and contemporary electronica, it’s a triumph of heady, Technicolor experimentalism from a kind of musical auteur: "For me the choice of lyrics and vocal inflection is just as important as the frequency I’m boosting with EQ; as is the instruction on the sheet music for an ensemble. They all affect one another, they are all related.".