Release Date: Jul 29, 2016
Record label: N/A
In recent years, our culture has gradually refocused its collective daily ritual to center around the maintenance of an unending, all-encompassing log — like survivors, stranded on some far-off planet, chronicling an environment that with each passing day is becoming more foreign and uncontrollable to us. We catalog our achievements, our passing thoughts, our moments of need, not just for the sake of capturing another’s gaze, but to meet our own as well. Who hasn’t succumbed to the infinite scroll of a tour through one’s own profile, the pictures reaching farther back into memory, the posts becoming a morphing embodiment of a different and more unknowable you? This log persists ever onward, ourselves tantamount in its continued construction, and as we add to it, its simulacrum grows into a photograph of us outside of ourselves, our virtues and flaws inherent within it.
M. Geddes Gengras' "official" discography simply doesn't do justice to how prolific of an artist he's become. In fact, the L.A.-based experimentalist has put out dozens of releases (and about a dozen more collaborations), most of them being limited edition cassettes, making it nearly impossible to grasp the full spectrum of his work. But his latest release, Interior Architecture, seems to be a good starting point, as these four compositions demonstrate exactly what's made Gengras' music so fascinating over the past seven years.Clocking in at 71 minutes, Interior Architecture finds Gengraspulling together several sounds and genres, often within the same track, allowing each composition to sonically shape shift and transform.
The work of prolific Los Angeles producer M. Geddes Gengras is often discussed in terms of “vibes.” This is fair enough, given the wandering modular synth experiments for which he’s known (not to mention his warmer forays into dub alongside Sun Araw, and his stated late-blooming appreciation for the Dead). Lest such language imply a relaxed sort of grooviness, however, his latest full-length—a double LP comprising four barely-discrete compositions, each around 18 minutes—extends into more anxious territory.
M. Geddes Gengras has always made long tracks. Many of his pieces last for more than ten minutes, and some even push beyond a half hour. But Interior Architecture is his most extensive album. Across two LPs and 73 minutes, the LA synth artist takes all the time he needs to fully develop his ideas ….