Boomkat Product Review:
To say we've been waiting for this one would be a pretty big understatement. This is the debut release from two of the most exciting prospects in 2010, Drag House generator Balam Acab and Robin Carolan-ov-XXJFG's hugely anticipated Tri Angle records. As has been documented pretty much everywhere from Pitchfork to the Guardian, Balam Acab make tormented, ghoulish pop laden with mystic imagery and an unheimlich awareness of underground hiphop movements. It's entirely the work of Ithaca-based college student Alec Koone, making reference to the bewitching pop of Drag elders Salem but also genuinely worthy of comparisons to Burial, albeit at a sumptuously screwed Fug-hop tempo. 'See Birds (moon)' is the addictive opener, an exquisitely ethereal experience centred around two pitchbent voices in a ghostly call and response mode set to codeine slow R'n'B bumps. The creaking 'Regret Making Mistakes' follows, working the drowsy intangibility of Forest Swords into an affected chamber pop gem, and then there's the smudged synth glow of 'Dream Out', a genius piece of work perhaps imaging Grouper in a deep dubstep swoon. Whatever the comparisons though, Balam Acab has created something without direct precedent, which considerately, and intuitively, feels like a logical sidestep in the right direction. Watch out for this label, big things are afoot.