Feed Me has released his first full-length EP on mau5trap since Feed Me’s Escape from Electric Mountain. His last few EPs were released on Sotto Voce Records, but his newest was completed while on tour with deadmau5, hence the logical release on his label. The new EP is titled Feed Me’s Existential Crisis, and it may not be as long as his last one but makes up for that in content. The individual tracks from the release express experimentation while staying true to Feed Me’s signature sound.
The EP gets off to a very strong start with “Existential Crisis,” which begins with a steady bass beat and follows with a complete change in pace. The break hints at more melodic elements, which are fully executed in the second drop. The melodies make the drop drastically different from the original one, which is satisfying in a world of electronic music where the first and second drops often are exactly the same. “Starcrash,” the second track, is the longest on the EP at over six and a half minutes. It features steady beats within the drop that might initially remind the listener of the title track. A melodic break builds up a return to the steady electronic bass of the drop.
“Shell Pet” does a good job of summarizing the EP’s ability to remain experimental and still sound like Feed Me. It begins with an extended electro drop traditional to Feed Me’s style, but then goes in another direction. The drum pattern is heard commonly in popular EDM today but not so commonly in Feed Me’s music. “Beans Baxter” may not be the strongest track on Feed Me’s Existential Crisis, but it has a fairly consistent bassline throughout that will certainly appeal to some audiences.
The EP closes with a new collaboration with Kill the Noise and Canadian singer Anjulie titled “They Say.” While Feed Me is no stranger to Kill the Noise, this marks his first collab with Anjulie. However, her voice is only heard occasionally, while consistent, glitchy bass throughout the song takes more of a front seat. The song pales somewhat compared to other joint efforts between Feed Me and Kill the Noise, but its ambient introduction makes it stand out. Anjulie’s vocal chops and lines add to the song’s feeling, and even if it arguably isn’t the strongest closer for the release it should certainly not be skipped.
Feed Me’s Existential Crisis is available to stream and purchase now. Listen below:
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