Inspired by Australia’s lush temperate rainforest, the Melbourne producer’s second album emphasizes melody and background texture more than big drops or bass lines.
On an international stage, contemporary Australian electronic Music is most often identified with the EDM-inflected, festival-ready production of an artist like Flume, or the chill, algorithm-friendly compositions of lo-fi house, the preferred vernacular of DJs like Mall Grab and DJ Boring. Melbourne-based producer Roland Tings—real name Rohan Newman—sits somewhere in between, with a sound built for big rooms that still feels precise and considered. Though his live performances are energetic and immersive, his rhythms are more apt to nudge the body than shove it. Salt Water arrives four years after his self-titled 2015 debut, but it’s the kind of sculpted, careful record that sounds like it could have taken much longer: refreshingly untempted by current trends or timely rhythms, resolutely committed to doing its own thing.