Jim Smith burst onto the electronic scene in 2011 as Teeel with the dance floor-approved Amulet, a collection of 9 new wave pop tracks dripping with all the motifs you loved from the 1980s. Â The beats were dressed heavily in reverb and the synthesizers played up all of the Casio tones that were popular in 1988.Â Jim Smith’s vocal delivery has been compared to Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi and Ernest Greene of Washed Out, so despite his dancier leanings, Teeel was still lumped into the chillwave scene before his debut album was even released. Â Now on his third full-length, HydrostaticÂ isÂ a much more finessed Teeel, and the extra time in the studio is immediately evident.
His reverence of the synth pop groups of the 1980s is still there, but these new tracksÂ are much more dense and polished. Â Gone are the bedroom recordings. Â The synth punch on tracks likeÂ Artemis are much more crunchy, but they don’t overpower his multi-tracked harmonies levitating above the mix. Â PictureÂ Brian and Carl Wilson getting downÂ on an eightÂ ball-infused magic carpet ride. Â Good vibrations indeed.
All of our heroes from that decade are present somewhere on this album. Â Depeche Mode, New Order, Godley & CremeÂ and many more haunt the album from start to finish, but Smith’s voice and vision are evolving into a much more confident sound. Â Get it now for 15 bones, mang.
And in case you wanna know what a jellyfish-colored recordÂ looks like, behold:
Includes unlimited streaming of Hydrostatic via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
Shipping out on or around 10 March 2015
Edition of 250
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive