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Paul Edward Yu – T Montana: Cinematically Harsh Alt Electronica

With their latest release, songwriter, session guitarist and electronic producer, Paul Edward Yu, proved himself to be in the tragically small minority of artists with the ability to squeeze emotion from electronic sequencing alone.

Their 2020 album, ‘the shape of sound’, is home to a plethora of electrifyingly evocative instrumental tracks, but the perfect introduction to the Boston MA-based artist’s psychedelic stance on electronica is the single, ‘T Montana’.

It’s a progressive minefield of aural curveballs, the cold ambience the prelude serves is soon stripped-back and replaced with harsh cinematically caustic industrial elements contrasted by strikingly bright tonal textures. But discernibly, Paul Edward Yu saved the best for last. After the dub-laden tremulous breakdowns, the guitars tear through to the front of the mix in a way not easily forgotten.

T Montana is available to stream and download via Bandcamp or you can check it out via SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast

8udDha bl0od – 1n7r0dUc1ng… 23:5+3=x+y Dr3Am5 8r3Ak1ng fUr7h3r ApAr7 c0m1ng cl053r 70g37h3r

https://soundcloud.com/william-orpen/1n7r0duc1ng

After having the pleasure of exploring 8udDha bl0od’s recently released material, listening to their debut single “1n7r0dUc1ng… 23:5+3=x+y Dr3Am5 8r3Ak1ng fUr7h3r ApAr7 c0m1ng cl053r 70g37h3r” showed us where the dynamically absorbing aural journey began.

After reading the endearing admission that not all of 8udDha bl0od hadn’t quite mastered their instruments prior to the release, quite honestly, I loved it even more than I would if the soundscape was born from virtuosic assuredness.

In their humble beginnings, their psychotropic sound started to tentatively flourish into complex multi-layered reaches of ingenuity which become even bolder and more extreme in their follow-up releases.

I for one am extremely grateful for their continued experimentalism. Their sound may not be everyone’s cup of tea. But the Brighton-based artist offers creative taste breakers which anyone with a thirst for music outside of the archetypal realms will appreciate.

You can check out 1n7r0dUc1ng… 23:5+3=x+y Dr3Am5 8r3Ak1ng fUr7h3r ApAr7 c0m1ng cl053r 70g37h3r for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast