Electronic

Annika Zee's injects experimental electronic into freeform jazz on "Factory Pageant"

Queens-based avant-garde musician Annika Zee synthesizes sounds both tactile and intangible on Factory Pageant, producing experimental electronic with a freeform vocal jazz slant. Lounge-like percussive lines underpin twisted synths, dreamy pads, and wurlitzer keys, with Zee’s voice echoing outwards, all of which contribute to a thoroughly spacey, atmospheric effort — though that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its share of delightfully discordant segues. Utilizing a variety of genre-influences keeps the record interesting and readily transformable — the future house type beat of “Super Model” jarringly changes to the atonal slow jam “Roses, the Red” to the mellifluous blue wave of “Lydia” back-to-back-to-back. Regardless of its wide-ranging sound, Factory Pageant remains cohesive in Zee’s boundary-pushing ear and penchant for the weird — in lieu of attending Annika Zee’s now-cancelled March 20th show at Planet X, give it a listen (or purchase) below. —Connor Beckett McInerney

   

Arcadia Suites "Frozen Peak"

The local tape label Celldeath has released the second album, Frozen Peak, from Arcadia Suites. This video game inspired collaboration between St. Nebula (Zach Groth) & W3aveworld (D.A. Stevens) who just happen to also be the co-owners of Celldeath.

The album merges nostalgia for classic video games with modern approaches to electronic music and production.

   

Michael Vallera "Deep Sleeping Exit"

Ambient electronic musician Michael Vallera has released the first single, "Deep Sleeping Exit", from his forthcoming third album, Window In.

The album, which is due out March 27th via the German label Denovali is the follow-up to 2018's All Perfect Days.

   

TALsounds "No Rise"

TALsounds released the first single, "No Rise", from her forthcoming fifth album, Acquiesce. This is beautiful electronic music of Natalie Chami, and this project will be released by Brooklyn's NNA Tapes on May 22nd.

You can catch TALsounds on April 2nd at Metro with Dan Deacon and Ed Schrader's Music Beat, and you can help her celebrate the release of her album on May 22nd at Constellation with Sam Prekop.

   

John Lau "II"

John Lau are back with the follow-up to their 2018 self-titled debut EP, a three song EP called "II". These are the experimental sounds of Tony Piazza and Kevin McMahon who are both bass players, but on this project branch out beyond traditional Jazz or Rock bass structures.

Just as in their debut album, the duo manages to blur the line between organic and synthetic sounds to create something new and ever evolving.