WASTEFELLOW

Dubliner Di­olmhain Ingram Roche, aka Wastefellow, works his tracks in ways that give them a su­per­nat­u­ral qual­ity

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What

Dig­i­tal pro­ducer with res­onat­ing soul

Where

Dublin

Why

Since Di­olmhain Ingram Roche ap­peared on the Dublin mu­sic scene, it was clear he was an artist who had pre­oc­cu­pa­tions with the pe­riph­eral gen­res in elec­tronic mu­sic: dub­step, garage, foot­work, bass mu­sic, and drum’n’ bass.

As Wastefellow, Ingram Roche has demon­strated form in cre­at­ing mu­sic that sounds like it ex­ists on an abyssal plain. That is to say, his tracks are filled with fa­mil­iar sounds but Ingram Roche works them in ways that give them a su­per­nat­u­ral qual­ity, rare yet fully in­formed by what has gone be­fore.

Wastefellow’s mu­sic isn’t just an imag­i­na­tive ex­plo­ration of sub­aquatic son­ics, as Ingram Roche pos­sesses a voice of a youth­ful soul­ful mag­ni­tude, and it’s these hu­man sounds that over­ride the po­ten­tial feel­ing of po­ten­tial overuse of pro­duc­tion trick­ery.

On his lat­est, and most ac­com­plished EP, Post Hu­man Po­ten­tial, re­leased last week on Soft Boy Records (which also re­leased the best Ir­ish EP of the year from Ko­jaque), those two defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics sound like nat­u­ral bed­fel­lows.

With a con­cept that ad­dresses so­ci­ety’s re­la­tion­ship to tech­nol­ogy and the dig­i­tal spa­ces we use to com­mu­ni­cate with each other, the songs also oc­cupy an imag­ined space. In­fin­ity Gaze’s cold synths and at­mo­sphere are re­flected in the lyrics: “I feel a world un­rav­el­ling / but there’s no con­nec­tion,” re­flect­ing our cur­rent pe­cu­liar dig­i­tal predica­ment. Phi­los­o­phy Plas­tic, draw­ing on an idea of cos­mic one­ness, mar­ries Roche’s falsetto with a par­tic­u­larly ce­les­tial back­drop that twists into a up­tempo synth work­out.

Those sounds, drawn from the afore­men­tioned gen­res, are also a prod­uct of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy, aptly mir­ror­ing the con­cept, while Ingram Roche’s lyrics and vo­cals res­onate sim­ply, as a hu­man seek­ing con­nec­tion.

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