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Boomkat Product Review:
Vancouver's Alexi Baris blurs the line between synthetic and acoustic sources on 'Support Surfaces', flexing glitchy rhythms with jazzy instrumentation and horizontal drones, recommended if yr feeling Jan Jelinek, SERWED, Jake Muir.
There's a convincing energy enclosed within 'Support Surfaces'; while 'Eye Cast Mirror' references that early ~Scape vibe - particularly Jan Jelinek's 'Loop Finding Jazz Records' - it's not long before Baris carves out his own path. His addiction to vinyl popping rhythms and pitch-shifted jazz samples makes his music sound warm and familiar, he allows his soundscapes to descend further into the muck..
Baris's loopy electro-acoustic processes sound closer to Jake Muir's frothy bathhouse experiments or Philip Jeck's ascendent vinyl concoctions. 'Corner House' juxtaposes coffeehouse foley clunking with easy listening xylophone plonks and steam-powered hissing, evoking a subtly fractal atmosphere, while 'Who Is' plays whirring crackle against synthesized bonks and granular whirrs. As "Support Surfaces" develops, it pulls further from its influences, eventually rooting itself firmly in its own musical zone.