Expansive and emotive, Johannesburg based producer Watermark High (real name, Paul van der Walt) has cultivated a dreamy and evocative debut album. With an engaging sonic palette and collage-heavy style comprised of electronic and acoustic elements, field recordings and wide-ranging samples, this is intricate instrumental music; down-tempo, experimental and beat driven but tinged with a warm cinematic element which weaves its way through the music, revealing pockets of emotions, enveloping textures and nostalgia.
The 10-track effort was created in the producer’s home studio and borrows from diverse influences including jazz, classical, soul, hip-hop, and various electronic sub-genres by way of Bonobo, Shigeto, Gold Panda and Lapalux. The LP is a conscious effort to push Watermark High forward, the sound of an artist who has discovered himself, revealing a unique personal aesthetic.
Performing as Watermark High since 2012, the self-titled LP follows 2013’s Murmurs, 2014’s Bright Black and 2015’s For Good EPs. Watermark High is a remixer and live performer in addition to maintaining his production schedule. 2016 will see Watermark High continuing to build his profile in his native South Africa, performing at electronic music festivals and clubs while also shifting his attention to international touring opportunities.
With the album’s digital release on the 10th of June 2016, Watermark High will be utilizing crowd-funding platform Qrates to also secure a vinyl release of the Watermark High LP.