Nick León – IIII. Palenque (Mind) (single) (self-released)


Nick León, a 20-year old producer from South Florida, decided to introduce himself to the world a couple of days by dropping the track,  IIII. Palenque (Mind).

With a minimalist but ever so alluring electronica production comprised of dark, murky and atmospheric pads combined with rhythmic half-time beats, IIII. Palenque (Mind) immediately sets the mood. In fact, the mood that it creates is not unlike that of the Sound Advice favourite, Holy Other (check out their remix of How To Dress Well’s Suicide Dream 2).

Though the track shows tiny hints of a Burial influence with its of reverb-drenched (and, early on, pitch-shifted) vocals, atmospherics, and textured beats, the track also exhibits a dream-pop quality.

Rather than sampling vocal snippets and looping them, the track employs the vocals talents of experimental folk singer Faeryteeth who is key to the track.

The piano tinkering that emerges around 2:00 adds further texture as well as the song’s dreaminess.

The press release says Nick León relies on field recordings, various acoustic instruments, and percussion to record most of his music and is inspired by psychedelic experiences, lucid dreaming, and the Tarot.

A brilliant introduction to this exciting new talent.

IIII. Palenque (Mind) is lifted from Nick León’s up-coming EP entitled Mexico, which is due in Spring.

Listen to the track below: