Pun Collins traverses the murky outlands of post-genre dance music and future soul on Lunar Influence, a shifting, patient electronic opus. This cinematic, twilit journey is thick with atmosphere, deftly swapping rhythms with minimal effort and suspending lush instrumentation in a weightless tension.
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On his first release of what I imagine might be a plurative number in 2018, Pun Collins has created a dance record for unexpected spaces. Empty supermarkets after dark; VR headsets with nothing going on inside. With its hints of genre -- a distant bassline from disco, a vocal sample toiling away too long, or a stabbed chord bouncing off the wall into another -- ‘Lunar Influence’ sounds like it was made for a forgotten and isolated party space.
Hints of Kara-Lis Coverdale’s ‘Grafts’ come through, albeit more overtly, in the stabs glowing through the record’s opener -- they sound like a flickering dim light is giving up on beaming down from above us, depleted specks of energy that can’t quite coalesce. The record, from there, enters droning states of disorientation and fidgets its way out of spectral synth meditations. Pun Collins’ layers are wrestling: they rarely feel like part of the same world, the juxtaposed textures creating beguiling planetary mix-ups. The record’s title track is the most beautiful of head-scratchers I’ve heard in a while -- its drums, its synth solos, its vocal vignettes, its sax, its chords… they all tinker alone, but live together in momentary peace.
This is weird stuff but it isn’t weird about it. Pun Collins makes these soundscapes flatly, letting them perpetuate and whirr until we’ve taken in the environment for what it is. A full, fluid record, what really strikes me about ‘Lunar Influence’ is just how mundane it makes its world of alien.
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