Album of the month
Michelangel0 'Big Impressions' (TAR)
TAR, the LA label run by Paul Preston (aka PBDY of Brainfeeder fame), is currently proving itself to be a launchpad for cutting-edge producers using sound and noise in outlandish ways, such as British wunderkind Kai Whiston and Japanese producer RYKT. It’s a good fit, then, for the debut EP from this Boston-based neo-classical producer. The five-track record glitters loudly from start to finish with sincere, unparalleled energy, each song carving out a physical space for itself with large swathes of blown-out maximalism. There are tightly compositional takes on jungle and d’n’b rhythms (‘La Lumiere’ and ‘La Nuit / Drm Solo Plz / I Am Not Afraid Of The Dark’), and more meditative, overtly classical reflections too; ‘Sex’ is an existential r’n’b anthem, while ‘Autumn Falls…’ evokes images of sunlit rafters in an old church. A masterclass in grandiose rhapsody.