- Cover art for Vox Mod's The Great Oscillator
Earlier this month Todd Hamm discussed Seattle electronic-music producer Vox Mod’s “Flight of Fancy” from his new album, The Great Oscillator, which is released today. Now you can sample the whole thing on Bandcamp and hear tracks from it live Fri. May 2 at Chop Suey. Vox Mod (aka Scot Porter) will have several guest vocalists joining him for this release party, including XVIII Eyes’ Irene Barbaric, Midday Veil’s Emily Pothast, Fly Moon Royalty’s Adra Boo, and Pollens’ Whitney Lyman.
Co-produced and mixed by Erik Blood, The Great Oscillator is a lush, expansive collection of electronic pop. Porter seems to be going for structured songcraft as much as he is complex, textured soundscaping. While many of the pieces are danceable, this record’s not really about tracky club music, but rather refined compositions in which you can luxuriate in the comfort of your home, or to which you can elegantly sway in a discotheque. Some of the most interesting cuts are the shorter, Boards of Canada-like interludes, where Porter explores less glossy tonalities. Gleaming with an interstellar, escapist aura, The Great Oscillator has potential to cross over into the pop sphere and maybe even garner commercial radio play, but it also keeps a well-toned leg in the rhythmically tougher and convoluted world of IDM.
Also on the bill for Vox Mod's album-release gig are Truckasauras, who, according to member Adam Swan, have new material and will only be playing a few shows this year, so if you're a fan, get there early. Nordic Soul (Decibel Festival founder Sean Horton) opens. Several of the city's finest graphic artists—Frankie Crescioni, PPenetrationn NNoww, Nick Bartoletti, Benjamin Van Citters, etc.—will be providing visuals.
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