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From the top of the Rock is part one of a triptych of releases from the Gainesville-based multi-instrumentalist, Nick Mendez. A project whose genesis stems from the use of Olivia Jack’s web instrument Pixel Synth which sonifies uploaded images.

Over the course of 20 minutes From the Top of the Rock envelops listeners with densely layered synthesizers and wonderful textures, but the first installment of the tryptic never lingers in the haze for too long. Instead, a melodic thread permeates the release and provides a welcome pulse throughout each of the four atmospheres. From the Top of the Rock’s heavily manipulated samples and nearly forgotten field recordings are buoyed by chorused guitars, fret-less bass, Casiotone, and auto-tuned vocals to create four distinct and deeply introspective zones.

Mendez joked that he requires strict adherence to concepts to finish his projects and this outing as Key Tides is no exception. Each segment of the three-part release is accompanied by a photo of Mendez at very different points in his life over the last four years. He cites a wide spectrum of experiences as the inspiration behind the project but felt most tied to the exploration of optimism, inertia, monotony, reciprocity, leaps of faith, contentedness, and acceptance.

The passing of musical icons Harold Budd and Chick Corea also made an impact on the Key Tides and pushed Mendez to see this project to its conclusion. While this may seem grim, Mendez left me with the final Corea quote to summarize his journey with his material, “It is my hope that those who have an inkling to play, write, perform or otherwise, do so. If not for yourself then for the rest of us. It’s not only that the world needs more artists, it’s also just a lot of fun."