In the Designs For Coloring release you get two for the price of one. On one hand you have Joseph Bastardo with the calming waves of Bastian Void, while on the flip side you can experience Ryan Muhall’s project Three Fourths Tigers. Each side culminates in a sonic journey through swirling synthesizers and bubbling melodies, but they each have their own distinctive qualities.
Bastian Void utilizes the concept of simplicity and minimalism. The soft drum sounds thump gently in the background, providing the driving force to the delicate drips of synth that weave their way into the open spaces. It is all a very contained sound that keeps any one aspect from overwhelming the others.
Three Fourth Tigers takes the other side of synthetic sound and builds strong pop rhythms through heavy incorporation of electronics. Unlike the slow beating rhythm of Bastian Void, it starts off with a dance-y beat sticking largely to a repetitive pattern with small deviations thrown into each turn of verse. It also uses voice deviations along with sound manipulation to create a harder and more tension filled sound. Instead of the rustic feel of Bastian Void, Three Fourth Tigers contains an otherworldly feeling.