Saturday, December 12, 2015

Lee Noble – Un Look (2015)

  • Drone pop
  • Leftfield pop
  • Organcore
  • Glo-fi
  • Indie
  • Art pop
  • Soundscape
  • Hypnagogic pop
  • Ambient 
  • Epic
  • Avant-pop
  • Organic electronica
  • Minimalism
  • Experimentalism

Comment: The Californian musician Lee Noble`s 11-track issue is an introspective view either through sublimely droning organ-induced compositions or delicately strumming strings and orchestrated synthesised layers. By using the former method Lee Noble explores sounds in an abstract, fairly experimental way. In this case, his music chimes like an example of hyper-realistic daydreaming saturated with little angels and beneficial sprites wobbling and dancing very slowly nearby you because of being either isolated by slow-motion filter or shifted by caressing of a faint sea breeze. For instance, listen to Marble Shroud which gives one goose bumps due to minimally droning organ lines and little yet clearly remarkable phase changes within the one. On the other side, while he is singing then compositions remind of Radiohead and Noble`s vocal comes close to Thom Yorke (for instance, Out Of Out, Pink Laser, Light Death, A Few Better Than Some). At times he exploits majestically floating yet restrained samples and poignant vinyl induced hiss and crackling noise to adorn tracks with a more organic approach (Light Death). It might be the music Lee Noble has produced during the last 6-7 years it will have tagged as baroque pop/chamber pop in the future. In fact, as a reviewer I feel myself quite confused because it is hard to decide is it experimental music or rather being a part of experimental pop music, is it ambient or rather having a place within ambient pop compartment. It might be the issue is a thoroughgoing post-album thereby having crossed all those hypothetical borders laid in front of him. By kindred souls I recommend to listen to Ducktails, Real Estate, M.Geddes Gengras, x.y.r, Cankun, Balam Acab, M. Sage, LAY BAC etc. However, first of all one should discover his previous outings because many of them are essential gems of modern music. Im a word, Un Look is a beatific glimpse indeed. 

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