UK producer Iglooghost follows his 2017 debut record, "New Wax Bloom," with sophomore LP, "Lei Line Eon," an electronic escape embellished with hints of classical music.
Released April 2, “Lei Line Eon” transforms the producer’s signature style of wonky UK bass to incorporate tasteful, luscious string passages. At times, the record sounds as if Iglooghost hired an orchestra of robots asked to create their own versions of instrumentals found on Bjork’s 2001 art-pop record “Vespertine.” As overwhelming as that may sound, this electronic adventure doesn’t delve into the sensory overloads that the producer’s contemporaries often dabble in. Instead, the record’s minimal textures allow for the most minuscule details to pop.
This simplicity can be seen most on tracks like "Sylph Fossil," where the producer features electronic percussion patterns, booming bass lines and whooshes of captivating synthesizers. This track, along with others like “Soil Bolt” and “Ui Birth,” is hauntingly beautiful with swells of strings that perfectly complement the song’s slow, pulsating progressions.
While at times there seems to be a lot going on throughout the entire track list, its pace and rhythm never feels overdone. It is clear Iglooghost knows exactly when to pull back into a more despondent, glitched-out passage, and when to launch forward into a more dense, euphoric climax.
One of my favorites from the album, “Zones U Can’t See,” is an excellent example of the producer's ability to experiment and push his genre into new heights. The track’s soft, yet scraping electronic sound effects loom over drawn-out bass drums, entrancing the listener just before sucking the song into another shimmering string solo.
While the track’s vocals are strange and nonsensical, they follow suit with the rest of Iglooghost’s releases. Rather than surrounding the track’s instrumentation around its vocals, the producer incorporates them as another layer of instrumentation, which lures the listener's attention with captivating melodies and harmonies. Another detail I enjoyed was the record’s transitional moments between each track, which sound similar to a computer being shut down and booted up into another part of the record’s elaborate framework.
Those looking for a glimpse into the future of electronic music, look no further, as “Lei Line Eon” is an orchestrally embellished, electronic experience worth exploring.