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Album Review: “Arrest in Acquiesce” by lafflines

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The interesting thing about the electronic genre is that you find all types of styles. Some people are gunning for the charts, while others are all about pushing boundaries. Baltimore based artist lafflines (aka Alex Lippert) falls more into the latter category.

In his debut album “Arrest in Acquiesce,” there is what I would call a “sonic collision” of sorts. There is dissonance and consonance, melody and atmosphere; and all of this is a good thing.

The record experiments with beats, loops, and various samples to make a sonic experience. I wouldn’t really call these songs, that is far too simple. What is going on here is an experiment with sound that challenges the listener. You hear stylistic echoes of artists like Aphex Twin, John Cage, and Philip Glass; but ultimately you hear lafflines.

In the artist’s own words:

“I try to record…in an effort to stumble upon accidents and something that’s outside of my expectations…to discover and find something new. Many of my samples vary from elevator music, African disco/tribal music, religious choir recordings and classical pieces.”

If you are looking for a challenge where you are encouraged to engage in your listening experience; I recommend giving “Arrest in Acquiesce” a try.

“Arrest in Acquiesce” by lafflines can be found at:

https://lafflines.bandcamp.com/album/arrest-in-acquiesce

 

 

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