Eyedress is a strange creature, and so is Shapeshifter. Featuring a load of artists near to his Manila home and across the world including rapper ThisisDA, Pyramid Vritra, Jiin, and the opening track has King Krule’s alter ego Edgar the Breathtaker delivering a Space Ape esque monologue. This album moves from dark witch-housey beats and grimey vocals to shiny pop and vocoders with ease.
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I've been meaning to review this album for far too long now. What perhaps has stopped me is in thinking how to get across it's almost genre-less structure. The album was put together by Eyedress in his Manila home but he has reached out all around the world in search of collaborators and it's this playful collaboration that gives the album it's worldly flavour.
The initial tracks are of the J. Dilla/Dean Blunt style with found synths purring over hazy beats. King Krule appears on the opening track with his distinctive bark still intact and 'Add to the Peace' has perfect time stretched synths. None of this can prepare you for what comes in with what is essentially.....shoegaze. 'Lies Tear Us Apart' is a fantastic throb of Lush-like dream pop before the spectral chords of Robin Guthrie underpin the eerie genderless vocal of 'Future With You. Despite this shoegaze interruption the album veers very quickly into lo-fi Prince mode. It's like some kind of madcap mix tape. There are twenty tracks and amongst them some real highlights such as the exotic outrageously gleaming....ah...I've lost track of where I am in the record. Anyway that's swiftly moved onto Grimes like synth pop and lots of Ariel Pink soft key 80's prodding including the lovely spangly dream pop of 'You Make Me Feel ' with it's lovingly strummed indie guitars.
I'm confused but it's somewhere between Ariel Pink, Sean Savage, Nite Jewel, Prince and God knows what else.
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