Friday, June 6th
Decibel proudly present...
InFine Music / Traum Schallplatten, Paris / Berlin
LUSINE feat. TRENT MOORMAN
with support from
214 aka J.Alvarez
Frustrated Funk / Hypercolour
*2015 Mixmag premier featuring Danny Daze & 214: https://soundcloud.com/mixmag-1/premiere-danny-daze-214-las-caderas
Doors at 9PM / 21+
Advance tickets $15 available at http://bit.ly/RoneTix / $20 at the door
2200 2nd Ave, Seattle
Rone (otherwise known as Erwan Castex) is one of the most acclaimed French musicians on the electronic scene. He studied film at university and worked on a number of productions whilst pursuing music in his spare time. InFiné came across some of his tracks on the web (“Bora”) and got in touch with him. From then on, things went very fast: he released his debut EP (2008), performed his first live show at the Rex Club and released his first album, ‘Spanish Breakfast’, in 2009. With the release of ‘Tohu Bohu’ in the autumn of 2012, things reached a whole new high. Now living Paris after living 3 years in Berlin, the artist’s creative juices seem to be flowing like never before, combining a melodic straightforwardness with the firmly harnessed power of analog soundscapes.
Jeff McIlwain has been producing his visceral, melodic strain of abstract electronic music as Lusine for over 10 years now. Originally a Texas native, McIlwain met Shad Scott while living in LA and put out his self titled debut on Scott’s imprint, Isophlux. He relocated to Seattle in late 2002 and began steadily releasing his music on Ghostly International. McIlwain has also contributed tracks to various compilations and remix releases on Mute, !K7, Kompakt, Asthmatic Kitty, and Shitkatapult. His last, critically acclaimed album, A Certain Distance, was released in 2009, and a follow-up compilation of 12” tracks and remixes, Lucky Numbers, was released soon after in 2010.
McIlwain has performed throughout the US and abroad, including a set at London’s esteemed Fabric nightclub, Tokyo’s Unit, Berlin’s Watergate nightclub, and most recently at Melbourne’s Electric Owl. He has been involved in the scoring of various film projects, including David Gordon Greens Snow Angels (with Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell, 2007), The Sitter (Jonah Hill, 2011), and Green’s newest film, Joe (Nicholas Cage, Tye Sheridan, 2013), with music writing partner David Wingo. His newest album The Waiting Room dropped to rave reviews in 2013.
After his diverse yet cohesive 2013 album The Waiting Room, Jeff McIlwain, better known as Lusine, is back with a more tightly focused EP. McIwain's discography is intimidating, and over the course of the last few decades, he's been known for exceeding in a wide array of electronic styles, a rarity among artists of his kind.
The release of Arterial, his fourth EP for Ghostly, marks another successful foray into a niche that most artists would spend their careers immersed in. A calmly effortless work, Arterial is economical in everything it does, creating its own tiny universe to house expertly crafted productions. On the title track, crackling samples simmer like heated atoms narrowly missing each other, suspending us as we wait for release. “Eyes Give In” encapsulates the EP's feel, taut, with no sound out of place, and yet over the course of its five minutes warming into something undeniably human, even comforting. “Quiet Day,” the most accessible track here, demonstrates McIlwain's gift for merging heady electronic music with the visceral appeal of pop, as his gorgeous synth melodies compliment submerged vocals.
At 20 minutes, the EP is exactly as long as it needs to be, showcasing yet again the multiplicity that exists within Lusine's work through songs that form a compact whole. As McIlwain told Giant Step in a recent interview, his goal is to find “beauty in strange places” and “warmth under the surface” through all his music, and on Arterial he fulfills this wonderfully.