Label: Ghostly INTL
Fantastic little 4 track EP here by Lusine. A bit more into the house scene than usual, which i find myself sliding down into these days. Take a listen it’s real good stuff. A bit steep $15 for 4 tracks but i mean you’ve spent more on less.
Artwork by: Michael Cina
Released on: July 12, 2019
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Repetition is learning. Retrace, the new EP from Jeff McIlwain aka Lusine, moves along this line of thought, reflecting the Texas-raised/Seattle-based producer‚Äôs recurrent, iteration-embracing approach to music-making and living. Following 2017 full-length Sensorimotor, which explored the body‚Äôs instinct versus the brain‚Äôs intent, this introverted 4-tracker finds McIlwain just as kinetically-curious. Balancing focused programming with washy, less concrete sonics, Retrace plays with the unexpected by drawing from slight variations on the same idea.
Sequenced into his trademark mix of polyrhythmic synths, processed vocals, and organic instrumentation is the more prominent use of a looper. The technique lends each composition an uncanny kind of multiplicity. Opener ‚ÄúNot Alone‚ÄĚ repeats and stretches vocal phrasings from Hardly Art-signed American singer-songwriter Jenn Champion, building onto itself until a climactic, near-duet reset. South Korean musician Yousun Cho aka CIFIKA brings a fluttering of bilingual directives to ‚ÄúStep On,‚ÄĚ a buoyant exercise in electronic pop. The title track embodies the whole, allowing a single synth pattern to morph, regenerate, and bloom before returning to its original form.
‚ÄúYou can't ignore the steps that it took to get where you are now,‚ÄĚ says McIlwain. Retrace is a fluid line between recursive past and proof of the present. Another in a series of consistently engaging pivots for one of the more diverse experimental electronic discographies of the past two decades.
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