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Album Review: Lapalux - Amnioverse

Lapalux caps off a prolific decade with some of his best work yet.

Lapalux has been over his career if nothing else consistent. After releasing When You Were Gone in 2012 and Nostalchic in 2013, he has stuck to an every other year release schedule with records in 2015, 2017 and now 2019.

His music has evolved a lot over the past seven years. From the cheery, bright synths that recall Odesza on early records and R&B-influenced electronica on Nostalchic, to the lo-fi jazz beats on Lustmore and swirling melodies on Ruinism, there has been a progression through different musical ideas along the way. Now he has distilled all of that into a new album Amnioverse that shape shifts and evolves over the course of 10 tracks.

It starts with the haunting opener “Oblivion,” which uses distorted nature sounds and subtle pads to create an ominous intro. This then leads to “Voltaic Acid,” which initially carries a similar promise, but then morphs into a gritty acid-tinged track with 90’s breakbeats. This pattern continues to through “Momentine,” which opens with gripping and dark ambient synths, before giving way to a touch more of acid and distorted fx. The lead single “Earth” embraces the soaring breakbeats that have been hinted during the record with big synths and a flurry of drums. He also sends a message to take care of this earth with someone speaking, “when I look out at the world, we just seem to be lost.” “Helix” twists and turns with a slow pace like driving down into the Lincoln Tunnel from New Jersey into New York City.

Each song was inspired by a snippet of spoken word from “friends, lovers, and ex partners” and then transformed through his modular synth set-up. There is a cosmic feel to this album, which makes sense since initial inspiration came from a photograph of James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace installation in Texas.

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The album eventually dives into the more experimental side of his productions with the album title track that gets glitchy and feels like the deepest dive into the capabilities of his modular set up.

Lapalux isn’t the only one working on this album. Icelandic vocalist JFDR (Jófríður Ákadóttir) appears “Thin Air” and “The Lux Quadrant” and vocalist Lilia offers her talents, sometimes credited and sometimes not, on “Limb To Limb”, “Voltaic Acid” and “Momentine.” Those vocal parts help add a different element to the album, either with disparate and fleeting vocals or give Lapalux’s production another melodic element to work around.

This album experiments and offers different sounds from his previous records, but still feels like Lapalux is speaking to the listener through his music. 

Get your copy of Amnioverse via Brainfeeder here and stream below.

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