Saturday, August 1, 2009

Audion - It's Full Of Blinding Light

A. It's Full Of Blinding Light
B1. On My Way To The Center
B2. Jukebox Hero

The third release in Audion’s slow-drip of new music is a devastating trifecta, a trio of tracks that hit hard and leave a mark. With each taste of the new Audion, it becomes clear that Matthew Dear’s dancefloor alias is deeper, darker, and more nuanced than ever before, while maintaining a lose-your-mind edge that’s impossible to resist.

The It’s Full of Blinding Light EP begins with the title track, a playground game of kick-the-can gone horribly wrong. The beat—a polyrhythmic mishmash of clicks, clacks, and distant children’s voices—moves at a clip until a fleet of synthesizers swoop in, bombarding the track with wave after wave of brain-draining electronic noise. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, though, and by the time the track reaches its conclusion, “It’s Full of Blinding Light” shines like a New York City sunrise. “Jukebox Hero” is the EP’s passive-aggressive middle sibling, keeping up a facade of soulful 808 claps while a pack of unruly computers quietly lose their shit in the background. “On My Way to the Center” closes things out in menacing style, honing its beef-slap kickdrum into a deadly weapon as the walls close in. Even though the vocal sample keeps repeating “on my way to the center,” Audion’s clearly got his sights set on the outer limits.