January 13, 2010 at 10:40 pm Leave a comment

Abacus Forest Eyes

Abacus is Spencer Stephenson, a craftsman of sublime ambient noise-pop, layering his own effects and instrumentation over samples and sound collages. This foundation is considerately worked into the structure of Spencer’s compositions, ultimately yielding infectiously catchy pop tunes, with a warm ambient drone carrying at various times bells, handclaps, and/or lyricless vocals to a soothed brain now compelling a body to dance. In describing his process, Spencer offered a succinct manifesto:

“I begin everything as if it were a simple art peice or soundscape and end up trying to bring my instrumentation to the table as well. I guess it comes down to not wanting to compromise the intimacy of electronic bedroom music while trying to retain the liveliness and spontaneity of a full “band”. I learned the subtleties from Broadcast, The Books, Four Tet, Caribou… mostly artists that build music from the ground up out of very small pieces. But at the same time I want to pay homage to my favorite rock bands like Dungen, Black Mountain, Grizzly Bear, on into older standbys like Love with Arthur Lee, Pentangle and Kaleidoscope.”

Here are a couple of mp3s that Spencer was kind enough to send along. The first is an original composition and the second is a remix of a track from Lushlife’s album Cassette City, though it’s significantly comprised of Spencer’s own material. The remix was made as part of a project curated by Lushlife, which you can read more about here. Spencer hopes to have finished the first Abacus LP by this summer.

Abacus – Beach Wail
Lushlife – Meridian Sound Part 2 (Abacus Remix)




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