Boomkat Product Review:
Superb chapter of moodily absorbing, pulpy, cybernoir-ish melodrama by Vancouver’s Baby Blue, marking their debut on Ascetic House after a tape and remix for PTP - RIYL James Ferraro, TCF, The Sprawl, 0PN
One for the doomed ravers, ‘Death Of Euphoria’ is an ideal accompaniment to the current state of club stasis and nostalgic reflection at the start of the 2020s. Gelling a deconstructed dance vernacular in a keen narrative style, Baby Blue has us rapt with eight original productions supplemented by remixes from fellow North Americans, 7038634357 and i.o.
While there’s been no shortage of producers working with weightless trance riffs and sculpted noise over the past decade, Baby Blue’s efforts in this arena stand out for their mix of underground, experimental nous and a more broadly appealing grasp of (mostly) instrumental narrative structure and extended melodic thought that places their work in an echelon with likes of James Ferraro’s future classical strokes or 0PN’s retro-futurist cinematic vision.
From initial blasts of fractured textural ambience and sawn-off hardcore techno, the album congeals a forlorn ravers soul with the elegiac rise of ‘Human’, leading to the cold negative ecstasy rush of trancey supersaws in ‘Collapsed’, and a breathless 10’ of widescreen wonder in ‘i hold u’, with i.o supplying a staggering 15 ‘ rework of ‘Collapsed’ transitioning from Merzbow-like noise to Drew McDowell-esque electronics.