Snacs — Weird Ontology

The timing on this thing was actually impeccable. I had planned to write my next post on Snacs, and then he randomly dropped this album/EP today. This post has been ordained by the gods of internet music.

Snacs is Josh Abramovici, a producer from New York City. He currently has a handful of brief (but captivating) projects up on his Bandcamp page, although I came to find out about him through his incredible single, “Art Shadow”. If you’re a fan of instrumental tracks, Snacs is your guy. As I mentioned in my Astronomyy post, the internet and Soundcloud has made these types of artists commonplace, yet the best stuff still sticks out. Snacs is another example of a diamond in the rough artist, and his latest effort proves that.

Weird Ontology opens with “Retreat”, a track that sounds exactly like the title. Without being too cliche, it quickly sets the stage for the rest of the project. This one gives me vibes of Toro Y Moi or even early Washed Out.

As of this writing, “Art Shadow” is still my favorite song on the project, and also easily one of my favorite instrumentals so far in 2014. It’s immersive and cozy, but the percussion and sampling still gives it an expansive and sprawling feel. There’s something in there that sounds like somebody is playing racquetball, and it’s fantastic.

In case you’re too comfortable at this point, “Better Cobra” features a Jadakiss sample. Because, of course, right? If you put the Jadakiss track in a blender with a wind chime and a handful of nickels, this is the song that comes out the other end. It’s short, but wonderfully jarring.

The project heads towards the home stretch with “Love Me Now”, which is basically 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea meets jazz sax. If I ever become a billionaire and buy a submarine-yacht, this is the song that’s gonna play in the elevator.

It all culminates with “Luxury Ride”, which almost sounds like it fell off the Sim City 3000 soundtrack (which is incredible, by the way). The track hits a wonderfully electronic, trance-y stride before going fully industrial and then abruptly ending.

Weird Ontology is the perfect name for this thing, as it manages to be relaxing, yet disorienting. Familiar, yet unpredictable. There have been a handful of albums that have instantly struck a chord with me this year, and this is certainly one I can add to that list. I can’t wait to dig deeper into this.