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Bassy and ethereal, Executive Towers would feel right at home flooding a club dancefloor on an alien planet light-years away from us. Also, is it just me or is the cover art vaguely reminiscent of Warp's Artificial Intelligence compilation?
Favorite track: High Paying Position / VIP Lounge Keycard.
Something about this release radiates a mysterious sense of wonder with its "nature versus technology" style of narrative, but I always keep coming back! Must be the rhythmic trap and jungle-beat production packing that awesome punch~
Favorite track: We Stayed At The Beach.
Jade Statues may be a new name for some followers of Dream Catalogue, but the Vancouver native is a name who has been waiting to burst onto the scene for some time. Having done live shows with Blank Banshee earlier this year as well as being selected for 2015’s Red Bull Music Academy, JS looks to have a promising future as an artist and producer.
His debut album ‘Executive Towers’, presented here as DREAM_108, has been over a year in the making after the popular Phthalo Green track, which features, made a splash on Soundcloud in 2014. It is a superbly crafted foray into future beats, abstract ambience and surrealist dream territory.
Not only an album, but the soundtrack to an upcoming video game inspired by Hiroko Nishikawa's classic PSX title LSD Dream Emulator, ‘Executive Towers’ is a dark, dreamy and at times unsettling reimagination of early vaporwave cultural icons and ideas, a dark trip into the uncanny valley and beyond. The concept is alluded to by the album cover’s graphic that shows an avatar of the classic vaporwave Roman statue reclined in an old leather couch, pondering what can only be the bleakest of memories with a glass of liquor in hand, alone in a musty living room lit by the glowing azure of a untuned television screen.
This is the first in a series of weekly album reviews published by Andrew Dubber. If you haven’t already caught it, please check out his introductory post. There’s been talk of an 80s revival of one sort or another since long before the 80s even came to an end. Some long for the angular rhythms … Continue reading Album of the Week: Laminate Pet Animal → Bandcamp Album of the Day Oct 28, 2011