Mike Price has been quite prolific recently. On his Bandcamp page he has released three albums in less than three months. With that being said it seems all to be from older ideas or songs he has been working on for the last ten years.
I recently reviewed AVGVSTVS and about a month later he released T I B E R I U S. I can say that T I B E R I U S feels very much like an extension of AVGVSTVS. If you enjoyed AVGVSTVS you will have just as much appreciation for T I B E R I U S. The songs sounded somewhere between Prefuse 73 and Burial to my ears.
There are seventeen tracks but the album is an easy listen. A lot of the songs fall under the two- minute mark; more importantly there is a flow to the songs. It’s an album like its predecessor you can just ride till the end.
He opens with the silky and smooth “Gunlung.” Angelic, alien vocals and warbly synths sit on top of a fat sub bass and a pretty straight hip-hop beat. The song disassembles itself and leads into one of the more robust songs entitled “Just A Thrill.” The song is dark, ambiguous and hazy. He does a good job creating an atmosphere that feels like the “night” which was some of the original intent.
You could make some comparison to The Avalanches on “Artemis Tau [Athens]” while “Candy’ Sister” might bring to mind Flying Lotus. The Vegas pool side charm of “Craneland” hit the spot “Threes” is a certified highlight with jazzy overtones and experimental tendencies. The other standouts to my ears were “Vehicles/Big City Life”, “Foolish Mistakes” and “Hidden Fling”.
T I B E R I U S has digestible easy to enjoy tunes that make it easy to bob your head to. Depending how you implement it the music can be used passively or actively. In other words you can explore the songs with quality headphones and or let it loom in the background while taking care of what you need to. Recommended.
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