Splash. Turbulent water surrounds you. You’re pulled deeper beneath the surface as you thrash about and struggle to propel yourself upward. Just when you feel the last bit of precious air slip between your lips, all it still. A sense of comfort engulfs you, and you slowly descend further into the abyss. Below you is a glimmer of light that grows until it stretches as far as the eye can see. It’s a city. What is this place? You listen as you sink further . . .
The differences between visual, static art and aural art in motion aren’t as numerous as one might assume, and this picturesque record does a wonderful job of further bridging that gap. Body Complex is the newest full-length from Polish-born Brooklyn native Jakub Alexander, also known as Heathered Pearls. Experiencing this album elicits the feeling of strolling (and at times, dancing) through a gallery of gorgeously illustrated landscapes.
The allure of Alexander’s sound is centered in his ability to craft synthesized tones that glow with the subtle fervor of a sunset, or shimmer like a star-filled sky reflecting in untouched waters. The melodies are artfully composed, but unfold just as naturally as the passing of day. Six of these sonic “paintings” are framed with tastefully simplistic house drums that anchor the haze and help delineate all the beauty contained.
It’s only when featured vocalist Outerbridge steps into the scenery on “Warm Air Estate,” the album’s penultimate song, that Alexander and the talented singer tear back the canvas and reveal the lush, rhythmic world behind. It’s a dazzling peak to reach after an ascent through magnificent terrains, and it could set dance floors ablaze. If you’re seeking picturesque ambience navigated by deep grooves, this album is for you.
– stasi (@stasisphere)