The Secret – All Of My Dreams I Gave to the Secret
After a long period of anonymity by an entity only known as The Secret, a post by Sam Gwin made a succinct but profound statement. “I’m actually the producer/artist/recording engineer and ‘The Secret’ is God.”
There’s a lot to unpack in that statement, and the process starts in the most recent release: a 4 song EP titled All Of My Dreams I Gave to the Secret. Think of the title as a surrender of sorts. Surrendering the anonymity to the will of a higher power. Listening to this EP, however, the allure and mystery is really more bold than before, if anything.
I’ll be transparent here and admit I’m a bit of a novice when it comes to techno and bass/deep house music. But I’ll do my best to articulate the vibe this short EP projects.
With few exceptions, the bulk of the EP is deep house driven by glitchy beats and eerie auras. Most vocals sound dystopian, as if an apocalyptic overlord is moving into conquest mode. “Junction 21” sounds like a storm moving in with it’s washed out production, while “Toxic Eyes” turns the foreboding beats up past unsettling anticipation to an aggressive, intimidating presence. My favorite moment on the EP might be “Globe” with its orchestral canvas. It’s a needed reprieve from the dread present in the first two tracks, as oddly enjoyable as they are. As I typed that, a disembodied voice seemed to muse “let’s vibe” during “Toxic Eyes”—almost as if to say “Ryan, no need for the dread, man.” The eeriness doesn’t vanish, but “Globe” provides a rest from the grooving and commands that you zone out. The EP ends almost as quickly as it began with “AG Shuffle,” a track that overlays elements that, by themselves, would communicate calming or anxiety inducing vibes. The resulting concoction is one that is pleasantly satisfying.
The Secret is one to watch. Sam Gwin invites you to get lost in the beats and explore what exactly The Secret might mean to you.