Nosaj Thing’s “Home” features Toro y Moi, Blonde RedheadBy Alan Cox | January 23rd, 2013 | No Comments »
By Erik Myers
Nosaj Thing‘s, “Home,” dropped on Tuesday and the sophomore release features guest appearances by some well-respected names in electronic music.
Few since the Beatles have been as effectively homophonic as the Los Angeles producer. But he’s a talented musician as well, capable of crafting catharsis out of synthesizers.
If Nosaj Thing’s 2010 debut, “Drift,” sounded like warbly jet-setting toward Alpha Centauri, consider “Home” a steady perusing of the stratosphere, minus the fiery reentry. He’s taken a significant step away from percussive beats, embracing softer harmonies and linear song structures.
Perhaps most significantly, Nosaj Thing is no longer a nobody. His new album is packed with special guests. Putting his production to vocal performances is a first for the young producer, but they take to one another well. Most will be distracted by the perfectly acceptable performance from Chaz Bundwick of Toro y Moi fame, who provides his sensual vocals to “Try.” But the album’s true gem is Kazu Mikino of Blonde Redhead, a perfect conductor to Nosaj’s electric ambivalence on “Eclipse/Blue.” It’s his best track yet.
No word yet on what touring plans might be in store for Nosaj Thing, so check his website for announcements. “Home” is on sale now.
Electronic blogger Erik Myers is a Denver-based writer and new contributor to Reverb. Follow him on Twitter.