Release Date: Mar 3, 2017
Record label: Ghostly International
Genre(s): Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock
After a pair of albums that leaned more heavily on pop melodicism, Seattle-based electronic auteur Lusine edges gently back toward the cloudy fringe with Sensorimotor, his fourth full-length for Ghostly International. Jeff McIlwain's output as Lusine has been difficult to pigeonhole over the course of nearly two decades, veering from tuneful yet fractured electropop to shadowy textural experimentations and building his own little ecosystems along the way. Inspired in part by the title's literal meaning, Sensorimotor takes a binary approach, pairing the lushness of the senses with the functional actions of movement.
Jeff McIlwain is back for another downtempo, IDM Lusine record. Sensorimotor is calm, expansive and not demanding. Like background music that slowly fades into the foreground. Like a radio that grows legs and sits down on the chair next to you for a conversation. Think each of these artists in ….
Lusine's more recent work has been memorable for its hyper-catchy, electronic vocal pop, in which voice performances are chopped, sliced and rearranged into sonic prisms that reflect light from myriad angles. But Lusine has been careful not to overdose listeners on this, filling out his LPs with instrumental IDM excursions that have a darker or more down-tempo feel, as well. On Sensorimotor, Lusine's first album since 2013's The Waiting Room, the Seattle-based producer sticks to the same approach, but while some of the vocal tracks reach the same heights as those on earlier records, the rest of the album falls a little flat.