Josh Reim explores utility & heart-rending design on the heavenly progressive dance of ‘Crying in the Rain’

, 10 July 2020

Josh Reim is releasing EP Drops of Paradise via s.M.i.L.e. on July 10, with preview track ‘Crying in the Rain’ premiering on AQNB today. This is the first musical release from the Montreal-based artist, who previously practiced as a fashion designer under the same alias. Similar to Reim’s early garment collections, the record embraces a minimal modernist approach to trance and EDM genres—predominantly utilitarian yet underscored by a variety heart-rending inflection.

MIDI-tom drums roll off at the start of ‘Crying in the Rain’, mechanically guiding a series of arpeggios into the composition. Melodies ascend and fall over each other while the beat drives up the pace, evoking the other-worldly intonations of Mechatok’s 2018 track ‘Skies of Tomorrow’. The medley of heavenly dance motifs rest on one final nostalgic arpeggio before evaporating into the ether.

Josh Reim’s Drops of Paradise is out via s.M.i.L.e. on July 10