zenxienz – Album Review

Hong Kong-born musician, producer, and songwriter, Cameron Williamson, aka zenxienz, has released his second full-length album for 2017 titled “Brainforest” on August 4. Listen to the album on Bandcamp here:

 

The opening track “Insignia” is a full burst instrumental rife with colorful sounds that mix both electronic and tribal-sounding drums, enchanting piano and an immense amount of creativity that sets the table as to what’s to come. The Middle Eastern vibe is traditional with a strong dosage of modern influences. “Undercurrents” continues the electronic sound but with a more intense EDM and dance vibe that pulsates at every turn. It’s the perfect song for those hot nights at a glow in the dark festival where you just want to lose your mind, body, and soul in the music. The album is the audio translation of a painting full of vivid colors and strange shapes all colliding into each other to produce a unique visual image. The beats throughout the album are fast yet the melodic keyboards that accompany them are slow, majestic and space-like to the point where being surprised becomes the expectation.

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“Pico” has vocal sound samples mix with heavy bass and disjointed drums all put into a synthesizer blender that melts away all conventions about what music is supposed to sound like. The drum style changes pace, style and tempo all in a matter of seconds making it a stand-out track that is destined to be blasted against a backdrop of strobe lights and beer cups held in the air. The sound of the album is heavily electronic, constantly changing through different methods of expression in both planning and execution. Soaring synthesizers add layers of discover that make for repeated listens, as this is not an album that could be fully understood in just one spin. The amount of rave and hardcore dance injected in each track will be enough to last for a very long time.

Some tracks like “Coiled” are a bit darker in tone with vocal tracks making small appearances to keep you on your toes of what to expect. Though most of the songs border on being dubstep, they do not stray into the territory of being loud and abrasive for the sake of it. The psychedelic drums and bass have deeper intentions with many breakdowns that give you a breather from dancing and trancing about. The breaks allow for recuperation, reflection on introspection, and allows you to take in the moment with someone new as you’ll most likely be listening to this new age, off-the-rails record at a blistering venue. The sounds, although chaotic, are therapeutic even for those swaying alone to the rhythmic madness alone in a room.

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There’s no doubt that the sounds from zenxienz will continue to impress for many years to come. For now, let’s all enjoy what this masterful electronic musician has created: an inspiring connection with others through sounds, mental images and creativity. To stay up to date with all things zenxienz, be sure to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Bandcamp, Spotify, Soundcloud, and his official site.

Mantra Love – New Single Release

Houston-based Mantra Love has released the new single “Strawberry Milk.” Check out the indie psychedelic track here:

The song explores the idea of examining one’s own faults, and as the band said, “the idea that the faults we see in others may actually be things we dislike about ourselves.” The song provides a lucid experience with a whimsical spirit.

Indie rock band Mantra Love, comprised of brothers Derek and Fabian Silva, formed in 2014 and were influenced by garage rock bands such as The Strokes and psychedelic bands like Tame Impala and Flaming Lips. They have released a self-titled EP and toured along with Holy Wave, Ringo Deathstarr, La Luz, Night Beats, The Halfways and more.

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Photo via Mantra Love

To stay up to date with all things Mantra Love, be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Spotify.

The Human Experience – New Album Release

The Human Experience released the album “Broken Open” which reached #2 on Bandcamp’s best-selling chart, remaining at the top for two weeks. Check out the title track’s chill vibes here:

David Block is the mastermind behind The Human Experience, his principal project where he serves as the electronic composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. His music is known for mixing layers of psychedelic melodies and harmonies over relaxing and moving beats.  He has released nine albums since his debut “Inaudible Sounds” back in 2010.

Along the way, David has collaborated with artists all over the world including Ignacio Perez (Buena Vista Social Club), William Close (The Earth Harp), Random Rab Govinda, Amae Love, Rising Appalachia, and many others. In the last three years he has toured in UK, Europe, Russia, Israel, Central America, Canada, and all over the United States at a variety of events including festivals like Burning Man, Boom, Coachella, Electric Forest, Wakarusa, Lightning in a Bottle, Sonic Bloom, Symbiosis, and Envision.

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David Block – The Human Experience. Photo provided by Planetary Group

David is currently on tour with upcoming dates listed here:

May 18: Brick & Mortar Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
May 19: Haven Underground – Nevada City, NV
May 20: The BlueBird – Reno, NV
August 17: Oregon Eclipse – Antelope, OR

To stay up to date with all things The Human Experience, be sure to check it out at YouTube, Soundcloud, Instagram, Facebook, and the official website.

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