Murphy N Weller is the electro-pop solo project of producer Alejandro Preciado. His bio alone implicates Preciado as a virtuoso of sorts. On his new EP, the four-song Soft Horror EP, Preciado plays multiple roles, acting as producer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. Soft Horror EP is reminiscent in sound and scope to projects like The Postal Service, Stars and Passion Pit, in the way these bands all blend soft poppy synths over mild tempo drum machine beats and then attach an eighties discotheque style groove which loops throughout the song. Oh and sometimes there’s vocals whispered in that hushed tone that listeners of this genre have come to expect.
If you haven’t already figured it out by now Soft Horror EP is part of that computerized Crayola genre that has been making its way out of bedrooms, basements and studio apartments and onto the Internet going on for more than a decade now.
So suffice it to say the Soft Horror EP is not breaking any new ground. However that doesn’t always matter and if you’re looking for a few relaxing synth saturated tunes to chill out to then Soft Horror EP will not disappoint you. That’s due in part mostly to Preciado knowing what he’s doing behind his laptop and his keyboard. At times he’s not necessarily making music, but rather making mood enhancers, sounds which stick in your brain and seem to release the proper amount of serotonin to make you feel relaxed.
The opening track “GLORIA & ALIEN” is a spritely blend of high note synths weaving in and out of wispy vocals, and infused with a funky bass line. Eventually it builds into a rhythmic handclap paced dance beat before returning to its former slowed down beats. The next track “JCDJ ( JEAN CLAUDE DREAM JEANS)” unfolds in much the same way as its predecessor does, though the bass comes out front and center this time and bounces along parallel with the drums. “BE OKAY” takes on a slow haunting quality, and then turns into a jazzy –disco groove. It is by far the shining star of Soft Horror EP. The closing and self-titled track is a mellow head-bobbing loop suffused with punchy erratic drums and Preciado’s whispered vocals.
For all his efforts Alejandro Preciado has served his overproducing genre rather well on Soft Horror EP. And although the little EP may not stand alone it is however able to stand on its own. And in this day and age, and in this electronic music game, that is no small feat.
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