Alias - Pitch Black Prism - 2014 Anticon iDM Electronic Instrumental + Hip Hop LP

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Alias - Pitch Black Prism

Label: Anticon
Cat#: ABR0143
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: US
Released: 24 Jun 2014
Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop
Style: Instrumental, Hip Hop


1 Ghost Cloudz
2 Crimson Across It feat. Doseone
3 Vermilion Coda
4 Amber Revisions
5 Gold cLOUDDEAD Skiez
6 Joseph Greenleaf Mornings
7 Pistachio Payoff

8 Vallejo's Sapphire Views
9 Indiiggo feat. Therese Workman
10 Amethyst Afternoon
11 Pitch Black Prism
12 Slackened Onyx
13 Aikotune

"Every year requires winter records. Those sounds that you reach for when cyclical freeze triggers a craving for icy synthesizers and sinister drums. This is where you’ll find Alias’ Pitch Black Prism, an alternately bleak and beautiful album built for headphones and hailstorms. “The image that stuck in my head for its tone was a figure illuminated just beyond the range of complete darkness,” says Alias. “I worked on it mostly it night, so it definitely has more of a nocturnal feel than any of my previous albums.” It’s a fitting metaphor for the Maine resident. Few places boast such a severe climate, ominous forests and jagged coastlines. You can feel the climate and geography exerting brutal force to the contours of Pitch Black Prism.

It’s little wonder that Alias’ closest stylistic peers are Burial, Boards of Canada, and Aphex Twin—all of whom hail from England, land of the cadaver-colored sky. Take the eerie staccato stomp of “Amber Revisions,” which conjures the image of a precious diamond buried under an avalanche. There’s “Gold cLOUDEAD Skiez,” which replicates the ghoulish light of a weak sun reflecting off an ice patch. There’s “Vallejo’s Sapphire Views,” with its almost nostalgic lament for East Bay greenery sinking under the reality of continental divide and sub-Arctic weather. Guest vocalists only appear on two of the sculptures chiseled by the Anticon co-founder. On “Indiiggo,” Therese Workman’s voice is chopped and pitch-shifted in ethereal fashion: the word “understanding” is looped over and over until you finally get it. While “Crimson Across It,” brings a welcome reunion with Doseone, who sneers about “capitalist trash,” while unleashing savage witch doctor incantations. Pitch Black Prism is a stunning follow-up to 2011’s Fever Dream, which critics called “very satisfying” and hailed for its “thick grooves” and “understated but staying melodies.” 2008’s Resurgam won similar raves, with the A.V. Club citing his “impeccable ear for rhythm” and “pretty crystalline sprawl.”

Alias - Crimson Across It (feat.Doseone)

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