May 1, 2012

End Scene

On his soundcloud account, composer Grapefruit's little sidebar bio is a quote from a 20JazzFunkGreats review, referencing Vangelis' soundtrack for Blade Runner and commenting on the similarities in Grapefruit's new self-titled album, out tomorrow on Portland tape label Field Hymns Records, which are too manifest in these recordings to not mention. Though similar sensations pervade the album, the similarities are best exemplified in the anxious grandeur of album opener "Science Wars"; the resemblance would be stronger throughout, but a pronounced kosmische influence makes Grapefruit's universe a happier one than the dystopia that Vangelis scored for Ridley Scott. Along with the influence of film soundtracks and 70s prog-rock that Grapefruit cites for his work, he points to Theodore Sturgeon, the mid-century science fiction author. The positive themes in his best known speculative works - altered and alternative states of consciousness, empowerment, and the liberation that all good sci-fi implies - are at the heart of Grapefruit's refraction of Vangelis and similar sounds; ambient scores that sometimes feel too ambiguous for their sheer associative openness, given more definition through synthscaping.

Stream: Grapefruit - End SceneOrder Grapefruit from Field Hymns.

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