Have you ever heard music that conjures up definite images and those images won’t go away? I guess in the end, that’s the goal of all musicians everywhere. Creating an image in one’s brain that just won’t go away. Listening to the new EP from Everpresent, I can see a dark scene in a movie of a rave or a dance club with hundreds of people grinding to the beat. In that scene, I hear this music.
Everpresent is the musical project of Matthew Cahoon from the Boston area. Cahoon is a composer, percussionist and keyboard player and conceived Everpresent in 2002. Cahoon calls his music a “unique blend of dark pop and electronica” and he would be correct in that assessment. To date, Cahoon as Everpresent has released a steady stream of material which includes 3 full length albums, 3 EP’s and a maxi single. His newest release is an EP called “Omega Point” released on October 15 of this year. The record was co-produced by Steve Catizone who also produced Everpresent’s debut in 2002. According to Cahoon, “The new sound is brighter, funky, modern, mystical, yet very direct, and designed to get people moving on the dancefloor, while still promoting self-reflection”.
The music is well suited to a dark smoky club setting with bodies writhing to the sultry beats ever present on the record (no pun intended). The music is dark and electronic in nature and is not the kind of music I would listen to casually but I would certainly want to hear in a club setting. Cahoon draws from the tradition of the eighties when clubbing was the thing to do and has given it a darker turn. Think of it as if Madonna were a grunge artist. The music is still accessible and keeps a good beat but has a much darker side than the material girl ever conceived. For this genre of music, “Omega Point” is a solid effort and worth a listen if this is your wheel house.
Uncle Duke; a.k.a. Rob Penland is the producer and host of "The Mad Music Asylum" a 4 hour weekly syndicated radio show and now a 24 hour streaming internet station.