Interesting tune! I was hooked from the start by its laid-back, neo-soul/jazz flow. It briskly simmers with a catchy groove made up of multiple layers of relaxed, but buoyant male vocals, muted fingersnap percussion, delicately plucked guitar notes, and the flitting in an out of jazzy, but subdued horns, light piano plink, cymbal taps, and drum thump. The song ends - but then there's the sudden addition of organ pulses, ticking cymbals, and a drum beat, which sounds like it could be the intro to another number, or just a different, fun fade to this song. Nicely done!
On "Incompleted Neighboring" by Austin, the listener is treated to two-and-a-half minutes of serene multi-layered vocal harmonies atop minimal ambient instrumentals that recall early Broken Social Scene. The effect is both hypnotic and enticing, lulling the listener into a peacefully pacified state. In the song's final thirty seconds, the hypnosis is broken by abrasive up-tempo synths that serve to bring the song to a dramatic finish, while at the same time breaking the initial spell that the song holds over the listener. A mini-masterpiece to be sure, there are a lot of creative ideas packed into a small sonic space.
On "1991 VHS Tape Nostalgia (Law of Love)" by Austin, fans are treated to the outfit's trademark brand of hypnotic synths and looping instrumental passages laying directly underneath a sea of reverb-laden vocals that are mostly incoherent but are nonetheless used to great effect. The end result is both dreamy and beautiful, the kind of cinematic treatment that one would expect to see on the silver screen, or at the very least in a television commercial. Austin also stretches time and treats it as yet another medium within his creative pallet, using the nearly eight-minute running time to both condense and expand time as required. The song's mid-section is peppered with spoken word audio samples, which ultimately serve to enhance the disorienting effect of the song, a treatment that ultimately works well. By the time the song hits its final minute, it is already amid a transition into something laregly unrecognizable from the song's first half, playing out like a VHS tape or audio mix tape of different song samples recorded in tandem.
You know at first I wasn't sure what the deal with this was... and then it really grew on me. It's 21st Lo-Fi at it's finest maybe. There is some neat melodic work happening and the sweeteners (fx loops etc) are really well done. Bravo!! Send me more!! I will spread the word
Really dig the instrumental foundation. The mix is clean and each element shines while working together well as a cohesive unit. As far as the vocals, it's near impossible to understand anything you're saying due to the filter(s) and/or distortion on the sections where those alterations are present. Some simple EQ or volume adjustments might be necessary to ensure the vocals do not detract from the well crafted sound bed. Overall, a solid track.
Wicked atmosphere & beat. Got me moving my head in seconds. Love the combination of the smooth backing track with the indie-sounding vocals. Would love to hear more of them in the mix at certain parts, but generally very cool sounding. I can definitely hear this spinning on the non-com radio stations. Have you made physical copies? Try sending one to DJs Evie & Riz of KEXP.
Well, you're definitely swimming in odd electronic/pop waters, but the melody is buoyant and structure is solid, so listeners will just go with the flow of the song. The atmosphere is hazed 'n' dazed with casual, lightly fuzzed up vocals, which is nice, but the downside is it's difficult to hear any lyrics. There's also some kind of background noise (maybe from a movie?) where someone is going off with increasing intensity, eventually shouting by the end of the song. I'm not sure what the intention is for this bit, but I think it should either be toned down some or only sporadically inserted into the song. I like the laid-back drum beat and touch of cymbals-ticking and the slightly warped guitar line-sounds loops that give the tune its daydreaming vibe. There were some little electronic squiggles flitting in 'n' out early in the number. More of that can be added IMO, to give it more texture. This was an interesting listen and I do like how it's easy to just by carried along by the song's sonic flow.
On "Sleeplessnessjesus's" by Austin, the experimental artist warps traditional instrumentation to paint a vivid and hallucinatory three-and-a-half minute sonic painting. Akin to a warped vinyl record spinning at the wrong speed, the effect is disorienting yet strangely soothing. A masterful exercise in bending time and space through music, Austin transports the listener to another place effortlessly. This song is further evidence that Austin's approach to music-making is far from straightforward, which might just be the reasons why he is at the cutting edge of something entirely new that defies traditional genre categorization.