Each month we shine the spotlight on one SoundGym member by reviewing one of their releases for our Music Spot feature. This month we focus on `Dark To Light` by Tonic Dream, AKA SoundGym member Ty Deathrage. Tonic Dream is based in Columbia, Missouri, and offers up some super-melodic future bass with this new single.
The track is adeptly put together; parts dropping out to make way for production flourishes so as to never leave the mix overcrowded. There is some inventive stuff going on here too, plenty of game-music-inspired spot FX drop in and out in the blink of an eye. It`s always nice to see a producer coming up with a cool idea, and then having the confidence to only use it once on a track. This keeps things fresh and interesting throughout.
On this same theme of musical progression, Deathrage holds back on the vocal here until 1:50 – more than half way through a track that is only 3:15 long. This is another nice touch. By the time the vocal kicks in, you aren`t expecting to hear one; it wrong-foots you as a listener and hooks you in to the track.