February 13, 2021 | Lindsey Blakley
Mark Raybukh (LYQD) is such a vibe with his new EP, ‘Sub Conscious.’ Four tracks in, and you won’t want it to end. Even the last track perfectly transitions back to track one, “Eucalyptus.” I easily listened to the EP twice, mainly because I wanted to make sure I heard each and every sound.
It’s slow, moody, and deep (“That’s what she said.” -Michael Scott), filled with crunchy, crisp pops of sound that bounce from headphone to headphone. The second track, “Deep Meditation,” creates an almost therapeutic experience similar to binaural beats, with the way to notes keep bouncing around your head as you listen.
Not only that, but the cover art explains this journey of an EP masterfully. It gives off Metatron’s Cube vibes with a touch of psychic and telepathic abilities mixed in. This type of energy is consistently present throughout.
‘Sub Conscious’ fills whatever void you might feel and encourages that deep introspective vibe. It offers that safe, therapeutic space to search through your being. Of course, I had to talk to the man himself and pick his brain a bit, and I’m so appreciative that I was able to do that.
When I asked him what his intentions were for the EP, Mark responded, “my intentions are always to create new spaces that the listener can go to in their own mind.” He continues, “Low end and different room effects are really important in almost all my tracks, and I feel that those aspects are key in taking the listener to new places, as well as interacting with one’s subconscious.
I might be a little biased because I am the first person to do a deep dive into their subconscious. Invite or no invite. I’m there. I love all things regarding the mind and its exploration. So when Mark came back with a response like that, I knew the EP would be insane to meditate to.
Don’t question it. Just try it. You will not regret it.
Mark goes on to say that “Eucalyptus” would have to be his favorite track on the EP. Stating that it’s at a cool 104 bpm and believes it does a good job of setting the tone for the rest of the track. He is right about that, but he is too modest, in my opinion. Not only does the first track set the tone, but it perfectly leads into the vibes for the next track and so forth. Every track falls into place beautifully, so the listener never really knows when one track ends and another begins.
The Untz premiered the track, ‘Owls’ last week and mentioned Mark’s “ample use of space,” stating, “there’s such intricate use of rests among the drip, drip, drips of LYQD’s synths.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself. He places each note brilliantly like he’s painting in negative space. This results in the “bouncing back-and-forth” feeling I mentioned earlier.
Mark plans to spend most of his present time stacking up his arsenal of tracks, so when live music graces the world again, he will be ready to rock. I’ll just go ahead and thank you now for what you will bless the world with when you finally get to play live again.
LYQD is definitely someone to keep a close eye on people! Listen to the entire 'Sub Conscious' EP now, here!
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