Following the aggressive dancefloor EP Boom Slang from earlier this year, Face Plant the mad chemist returns with the more psychologically complex and cinematic Spectral Drift. This release manages to fit what feels like dozens of deep and sophisticated musical ideas into just three tracks, all while packing a frightening sonic punch.
Face Plant carefully orchestrates communicative melodies across the release which balance well with intense sound design. So while synthesizers split the speaker cones, highly cultivated note relationships and tonal movements create an engaging narrative for the listener to follow. Two talented instrumentalists are featured on Spectral Drift. Violinist Jon Hao (Bunk Buddha) lays down a lead full of folkloric flair upon which Face Plant spills a barrel radioactive glitches. Later, McWavy comes correct with a bellowing saxophone solo which is processed then positioned perfectly by Face Plant.
The producer prides himself on transcending the typical trappings of bass music to offer a thought provoking mental journey on top of a slamming dancefloor experience. He dials in that signature Face Plant dynamic just right on Spectral Drift.
released December 19, 2018
Track 1 mastered by Seppa.
Track 2 & 3 mastered by Ovoid.
Artwork by Surreal Art Visions
Design by 5AM
alternate atmospheres for travelers -- one of my favorite releases of 2019, I consider this a masterpiece of soundscapes, groovy journeys, emotive compositions, intriguing experiments. full of flow and exquisite taste in what to put in the music, and what to leave out. sounds effortless. truly genius musical manifestation! moontroll
The Chicago wunderkind's debut album is half lo-fi hip-hop pianos and breakneck drumming, half polished pop songs full of orchestral arrangements and whimsical but melancholic melodies. Bandcamp Album of the Day Nov 23, 2020