Tom Appl - Two Days
As a sound engineer, Tom Appl has been openly experimenting with sonic styles and textures, working primarily in the realms of deep and tech-house, but incorporating elements from a more mainstream production world. Also releasing under the pseudonym Fruitroom, Tom has a series of well-regarded singles and remixes for the Karmaloft Music label and has been DJ’ing actively since the early ’90s. This latest EP for Karmaloft, titled Two Days, further expands Tom Appl’s measure as a producer, seamlessly melding deeper house with progressive and tech-house ingredients.
The Two Days EP opens with “Three Arcade”, announcing the proceedings with an infectious sequencer pattern. Plucked-sounding synth melodies and layers of strings develop into a warm arrangement of bass leads and spacey flourishes. A sparser remix from the Dresden-based Matthias Freudmann – a fellow Karmaloft artist – enhances the dream factor in its gentle intro before introducing a growling bass line and a pulsing rhythm. “One Time” may be the most optimistic cut on the release, with its chiming piano chords mixing with Appl’s trademark synth strings and percussive splashes. The title track closes the EP on its slightly ominous combination of percussion and synths, welcoming a low, pensive bass drone to the mix. The track’s build is resolute, as additional pads and percussion transmit a forlorn melody that leads a dramatic breakdown.