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On Doing​/​Being Ordinary

by Foamek

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Fever Dream 06:25
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Field Manual 03:00
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Avalon 09:04

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Right on time for the turning of the leaves and the smoky Autumn air wafting through purple skies, is Foamek. He's been working on this full-length album for years, and boy does it show. With feet planted in braindance, trance and clubby techno camps, there's a unique sound palette on display here that never feels forced or unnatural - rather, we're able to enjoy sounds as they breathe and bump into each other across solid rhythmic currents, and one can easily observe Foamek being in complete command of his abilities, plucking melodies from the tape-hiss soaked/smoked air and filling up his drums with thick bass like they're gallon jugs.

On Doing/Being Ordinary seems to be a very personal statement from Foamek, one we're admittedly not too used to receiving and releasing at RP, where artistic escapism is the lay of the land. There are moments of bittersweetness, as on the title track and (the gorgeous curtain call) Avalon, as well as deeper passages of highway-driving introspection, like In Transit or Fever Dream. Further still are moments of blissful, beaming happiness, like Little Maine Coon and Age, connecting to elements of Foamek in full-on party mode (just TRY listening to Backyard Rave without moving your feet). When I first found Foamek's music in 2007, and we embarked upon four different split releases together, his work was just as playful and melodically accessible. Since then, however, it feels as if it has truly aged along with him, and Doing/Being stands as an expressive document of a person who has taken all of these things with them. These ideas feel very lived-in and comfortable, even when they are sad, and perhaps that's what Foamek is positing in his title statement: A little bit of comfort can go a long, long way.

For the heads: Grab one of the limited edition CD-Rs, as they contain three bonus tracks not present on the digital release!

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released November 13, 2017

W/P by Jake Davis. Mastered by The Analog Botanist. This is Recycled Plastics number BC62, and 62nd in the Bedroom Compost catalog.

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