Blue Eyed in the Red Room
The heart and soul of electronics come to life
Boom Bip has been producing emotive electronic music that bridges the gap between Boards of Canada, indie avant-hop and Aphex Twin for a while now. Coming up in the relatively unexciting Midwestern confines of Cincinnati, a recent move to the endless summer of Southern California has had a subtle but profound affect on his music. While tinges of IDM still linger (the Autechre-ish “The Move”), sun-drenched epics like “Do’s and Don’ts” reference TV on the Radio with spooky choirs and Super Furry Animal Gruff Rhys vocals sounding similar to a subdued Tunde Adebempe. “Girl Toy” even touches on classic electronica like Ultramarine with its easy, hypnotic feelings.
Boom Bip can evoke a tangible humanity from his machines, especially on the dreamy “The Matter (of our Discussion),” where Nina Nastasia’s clear, warm vocal tones perfectly capture the song’s melancholy mood. This album is an ideal response to claims that electronic music has no soul.