Boomkat Product Review:
This was Actress' first release for Honest Jon's, arriving in the aftermath of his landmark 'Hazyville' album dropped in 2008.
The move signified a subtle but essential development in his sound, preparing the ground for a hugely promising album with two aces. 'Paint, Straw And Bubbles' untethers his Detroit dream from terra firma, percolating his ethereal sound through a system of camouflaging filters until the joins dissolve and we're left with a feat of intangible spatial dynamics viewed with unique depth perception. It's electro-acoustic dance music for Afro-futurist stoners. The near absence of any bass only enhances the weightlessness, creating a heady sensation of an overcast day between pressure systems when everything doesn't feel quite as it should.
On 'Maze (Long Version)' Actress looks to early 80's synth wave and the cold industrial pulse of groups like Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire, pinpointing the influences of Detroit music from Model 500 and Shake which in turn so heavily informed his sonic outlook.