The emotion of "bliss" is defined as a feeling of perfect happiness, sometimes even suggesting the sensation of entering paradise, in whatever form it may come.
Robert George Allen V, as his musical pseudonym "Fables", has interpreted this concept into his debut on Ellora, carrying the poetic title of "Endless Bliss", two intricate techno cuts, with remixes by upcoming ARTS signee "Farrago" and Ellora labelheads "Hush and Sleep".
Within moments of his originals, Fables manages to submerge you into a sea of whispering noises, percussions and heavy sub- frequencies, but while the tracks share these features, the moods could not be more different.
Imagine standing on a hilltop, seeing two views stretch out beneath. On one side, a beautiful and voluptuous garden, on the other, a city engulfed in flames and thick black smoke.
The title track shows you the first view, expressing its ecstatic happiness through an unrelenting yet incredibly tender melody, with organic drums and noises shifting around it sounding akin to small living creatures.
But like a tale being retold, there is bound to be a different mood in remixes and so it is in Hush and Sleeps Version. Adding their own thrashing drums and distorted accents, they whip the track into an absolute frenzy while, towards its high point, still infinitely romanticizing the originals main theme through a pad-based chord progression.
On the other end of the emotional spectrum lies "Burn". The drums here are hitting just as hard as on "Endless Bliss", but the overall tone has shifted dramatically. An unpredictable synth cuts through its noise similar to sparks flying from a fire, but there is also an audible sense of intrigue, perhaps not unalike the sense of a moth being drawn towards light.
While this is the mood Fables describes to us, Farrago tells us the same story but from the view of someone fleeing from the burning city. The original's melody has been cut into sixteenths here, making them sound more paranoid and cathartic, while a wavering pad and stripped down percussion push the track forward until its breakdown where the built up tension is suspended in silence.