The newest EP by Los Angeles musician Nick Malkin, Interrupted Verse, is a collage of field recordings from hypothetical landscapes – randomized, abstracted 'non-spaces’ that exude an elusive sonic familiarity. Loops of stalled engines, spinning turnstiles, digital feedback, and bird song evoke fragmented visual worlds, alluring but unreal. Malkin’s work as Afterhours tends towards the nocturnal and romantic but under his own name the mood skews more opaque, the approach more deconstructed. Across two multi-movement pieces Malkin interweaves chaos and coherence, a glitchy, enigmatic collision of feeling and technology.
Influenced by post-dubstep, lo-fi house, and trip-hop, 1five1’s sound draws from iconic outfits like Portishead, even as she completely pushes her own distinctive beats and textures into sophisticated spaces beyond those original inspirations. Bandcamp Album of the Day Dec 13, 2018