By Elizabeth Walker | April 22nd, 2011
Ay, mami…get ready for some down-and-dirty sexcapade music. Gracias, Pictures Music, for another amazing electronic gem for our libraries. In the past few months, this label has brought us music from the likes of Koreless, Seams, Chairman Kato, and Dark Sky. All of these artists share an innate power to drag long-forgotten, dark subconscious thoughts to the forefront. Lapalux is no different, as evidenced on his EP Many Faces Out Of Focus, which dropped April 18.
There’s a thought that for something to be created another thing must first be destroyed; Lapalux’s creative process started out thus. On his first album Forest EP, the 22 year-old Essex man played with tapes, physically destroying them and then putting them back together again to create something entirely new. Using these principles, he created Many Faces, which is a fuzzy, mystical wet dream; a beautiful, modern, yet organic approach to production.
The opening track “Time Spike Jamz” has powerful, sensual notes layered together with sense of flippant nonchalance. Climactic moments are created by short decrescendos, followed by dense baselines reminiscent of James Blake’s now-signature sound.
The EP flirts with many influences such as jazzy piano, Asian-steeped melodies, experimental electro, and 90s R&B, while drawing on a bottomless pit of raw teenage hormones. The EP wraps up with “Time, Patience, Everything” which harnesses granular, amorphous vocals fluttering in an impatient haze (“waiting / waiting so patiently”). Circular loops layer upon one another until a reverbed echo amorously departs.
Many Faces is out this week, available via mp3 download only… that is unless you were lucky enough to score one of the sold-out 50 cassette tapes released on bleep.com.
For more Lapalux, check out his SoundCloud page.