Boomkat Product Review:
Max McFerren makes his Complete Walkthru project official with its colourful debut LP of acidic misshapes, jazz-funky garage fusions, and atmospheric deviations for Numbers.
“Scrolls plays around with themes of privacy, disillusionment and personal development over eleven tracks, representing a transitional time in McFerren's life. During the creation of the album he moved from New York, where he was holding down a residency at Brooklyn’s Bossa Nova Civic Club and playing regularly in downtown Manhattan at the iconic China Chalet and the now much missed Santos Party House, to the open, rural setting of South Carolina.
The album’s personality, and the thematic preoccupations underlying it, reflect the impact of this contrast. Its sound textures cast widely into what McFerren describes as “the ephemera of the saturated digital realm” while moving through arcane rhythms, chiming melodies and expansive, metallically tinged ambient passages.
McFerren refers to his motivations with Scrolls as being “anti-nihilism”, as reacting against a dark emptiness he perceives in certain forms of techno. Ultimately with the record, he is seeking the potential of centring joy in the present moment, in a conscious awareness of now.”