Music: Antecessor – Olympus Mons

The same day that Antecessor brought their magical electronic sounds to the PDX Pop Now festival, the duo released a new collection of tunes recorded between 2013 and 2015 to delight any of the folks who were unable to make it to the weekend event.

Listening to this new album, I couldn’t help but feel that if you were looking for a way to fill up the hole left behind by the death of Tangerine Dream leader Edgar Froese, these two gents have you covered. These six tracks are a pure delight, crackling with energy and forward momentum and a smart use of melody. Unlike a fair amount of synth-based music I run into, it is obvious how much care these two put into the tracks. They¬†could¬†just make a lot of fun noise with the many fun toys they have, but these dudes are writing actual songs. And what wonderful songs they are.

Music: Antecessor/EMS/Grand Arbiter/Daniel Menche

If anyone doubts that the local experimental scene is a friendly one, let a project like this lay your worries to rest. Just a few days ago, the electronic artists Antecessor, EMS, and Grand Arbiter played a collaborative set together at Killingsworth Dynasty as part of a party celebrating the career and life of Thrones. One gent in attendance was the ever-prolific Daniel Menche, who captured their squirrelly and beautiful set on his digital recorder and, with some remixing, turned it into this beautiful hour long melt. Listening to it, I feel like I’m either being slowly swallowed up by a warm blob or, at the very least, gawking at the last half-hour of 2001 after a few sips of psilocybin tea.

Music: Antecessor – Track 1.2

“Track 1.2” is such a dull title for a dynamic song like this. I imagine that’s just a bit of “Title TK” filler for Antecessor as they work out the details of their “next couple of releases” (that according to Keith Foster from the group). But this lengthy gem deserves a title as grand as the music itself. It’s too early in the morning, and I’m too tired to offer up some suggestions apart from imploring you to press play on this track and let your tired/awake/stoned/unstable minds get pinballed around by it.