New CD releases this week of Tuesday, Aug. 7, include an excellent one by Seattle producer and space-rocker Erik Blood," Touch Screens"; funky, horn-driven Antibalas' self-named album; Ivan and Alyosha's "All the Times We Had"; and jazz pianist Keith Jarrett's and Jan Garbarek's "Sleeper: Tokyo, April 16, 1979."
Erik Blood, ‘Touch Screens’ (self-released)
Seattle space-rocker Erik Blood says his new album, “Touch Screens,” is inspired by pornography, but you wouldn’t know that by his soft, borderline-indecipherable vocals. Perhaps there is some S&M in the hot slap of the first half of “Amputee”? Or maybe the song’s beautiful outro could be a long embrace.
Mostly what you get from “Touch Screens” is modern pop rock on hyperdrive: succinct, clanging numbers like “Share Your Love” thundering next to atmospheric, enormous-sounding synthesizer and violin music named after stars of the industry — “(LaBruce),” “(Wakefield)” — and a real sense of Blood as a master producer.
He recently engineered/recorded several exciting albums in our city — by Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction and Stephanie. But where he expertly captured those hip-hop and post-punk groups as they sound on stage, but better, here he exploits the studio for the glorious instrument it can be, overloading “Touch Screens” with stacked vocals and acoustic/electric guitars like stories of skyscrapers. Lush is an understatement. It’s bigger than that. A beast of an album.
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Other new releases
Antibalas, “Antibalas” (Daptone)
Ivan and Alyosha, “All the Times We Had” (Missing Piece)
Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, “Sleeper: Tokyo, April 16, 1979” (ECM)