The New Sound of Electronic Music
Los Angeles-based label Lunatic Works is now batting a two for three by my tally. After averaging a .500 for Tha Fruitbatâ€šÃ„Ã´s lackluster debut and Horse Noodlesâ€šÃ„Ã´ surprisingly enjoyable freshman release, the indie-electro imprint has solidified itself as a legitimate musical enterprise with the release of newcomer Skopicâ€šÃ„Ã´s self titled first album.A sleeper hit, Skopicâ€šÃ„Ã´s entrance into the electronic music scene is something of a blessing to a genre often considered replete with so much auditory fodder. Skopic, known by day as mild mannered collegian Max Braverman, brings us his vision of musical utopia via a record brimming with thoughtful, and downright beautiful, intricacy and creativity.
Skopic is a complex amalgamation of sounds extending and integrating various genres, thus creating a brilliant melodic landscape evoking a wide-ranging breadth of emotions. This diversity is what gives the album its laurels. Grandiose, and at times epically thematic, songs (â€šÃ„ÃºCommittee of Tailsâ€šÃ„Ã¹) are juxtaposed against dark and mellifluous backdrops (â€šÃ„ÃºAllow Me,â€šÃ„Ã¹ â€šÃ„ÃºBound by Soundâ€šÃ„Ã¹) and funky, toe-tappinâ€šÃ„Ã´ jazz-inspired anthems (â€šÃ„ÃºMahonis,â€šÃ„Ã¹ â€šÃ„ÃºGrab Bag Grammerâ€šÃ„Ã¹). Hip hop beats, psychedelic guitar riffs, electronic effects, and live instrumentation add to the albumâ€šÃ„Ã´s radiance. However, it is perhaps this last quality that truly gives Skopic its rich texture and alluring appeal. The record is, at once, background music, a soundtrack to a movie not yet made, and an experiment in musical coalescence.
Though not entirely perfect, Skopicâ€šÃ„Ã´s beginnerâ€šÃ„Ã´s blemishes are easy to overlook considering how good of a debut this record is. Braverman has set the bar high with this release. With such a promising start, expect Skopic to be placed amongst electronicaâ€šÃ„Ã´s best in no time.