Medicine-man Brad Laner (for full clarity, I mean he also plays in a band named Medicine) spent six years on-and-off working on Micro-Awakenings, and has a double LP’s worth of playfully experimental sounds to show for it. Instrumental and unpredictable, but always with a poppy bounce running through it. 2LP on Drawing Room Records.
Double LP £26.49 LPDRR00022
180g viny 2LP on Drawing Room Records. Includes fold-out poster.
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Brad Laner’s super lovely experimental pop gets the big birthday party it deserves with this release from Drawing Room. Made over a six year period in the decade before this one, it’s a haphazard ascent to euphoria in four parts with a thousand times more things to say. Just listening to the first twenty minute segment of this suite is enough to fall in love with what Laner does to a pop song: he reduces it to the length of time it takes to view a photograph and then scrapbooks it with as many other precious memories, stretching the ambience your ear always hears whirring into a selection of disenfranchised dance manoeuvres.
Soldering a bunch of different ideas into long tracks is rather appealing, if you ask this reviewer, because the suspense really gets time to mingle: the shimmering drones slowcook Laner’s little guitar entanglements, banging house spillages and melodic vignettes for maximum effect, dislocating and then decorating them. It’s not that they all come together, just that they are all together, reducing the listener’s predilections for a record of suggested strands. It’s like J Dilla and everything’s broken and he can’t turn it off, and it makes for a hyper-active, super fun, comedically cinematic listen. Put it on and everyone will be like” nice, wait, what are you doing?”, which you obviously want. Write-in your favourite bit and we'll tell you ours.
8/10 J. Hubner Customer review, 11th November 2016
Micro-Awakenings is deceptively genius, as is Laner. There's a hell of a lot going on within these 4 sides. It's everything including the kitchen sink, as well as the neighbor's kitchen sink. Favorite part? End of side c with the rambunctious little one talking into the microphone with the heavy delay on. Despite the heady experience the album can be, that moment adds just enough playfulness to the proceedings. Enough to bring us back down to earth for a bit.
Overall, Brad Laner is a massive musical mind with a million and one ideas to share. Micro-Awakenings is a great place to start.
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