TV Vs. Music by David Rupley is one of his finest. Rupley has released a lot of music in the last couple of years. One thing I can say is that his albums feel cohesive and TV Vs. Music is no exception. Rupley blends atmospheric atmosphere, sparkling synths, heavy hitting beats and more with these songs.
Up first is “Comatose” which is one of my favorite compositions of his. It starts with dark, ominous atmosphere that surrounds the stereo image. An arpeggiated synth makes its way into the mix and before you know it the mix starts to gain some energy. Once the beat comes the adrenaline starts to pump and does not look back.
Up next is “Patterson” which is another standout track. The guitar is front and center and repeats with a melodic, hypnotic riff for most of the song. “Temptation” is a more bass heavy song with elements of Aphex Twin while “The Tube” is a little more shoegaze inspired with white noise and phaser sounding effects.
“Rainy Day” was a personal favorite. The mix is extremely clean where you can hear every element. There is a good amount of ear candy and I wasn’t always sure as to what I was hearing which is one reason I enjoyed it.
The most ambitious song would be “Kill The TV” which goes into all sorts of experimental and unconventional places. “Journeyman” contains angelic vocal harmonies and constant upward movement.
Rupley is in great form on this album. I think he excels in electronic production and this album is the proof.
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