Over the past decade-plus, Black Light Smoke, the project of Rochester, New York musician Jordan Lieb, has unleashed a steady stream of electronic music releases, picking up an Emmy Award for his soundtrack work. Now, the artist is taking us in the time machine back to 2010, before Lieb had even settled on the moniker he uses these days, to chronicle some of his early music output.
Recorded with, as he describes, “trashy guitar amps, obscure pedals, unconventional recording techniques, and [featuring] the warm hiss and warble from 4 track cassette recording,” The Early Years is a collection of work ranging from sometimes playful, sometimes more experimental electronica to murky post-punk sort of stuff (you could probably have fooled me into thinking “North Korea” was a forgotten early ‘80s track recently discovered behind a shelf at some hole in the wall recording studio) to almost shoegazey compositions.
Here, we’re premiering the hypnagogic video for the album’s penultimate track, “The Figure,” one designed to represent the last moments of someone’s life. Dig the video below, and head over here to pick up The Early Years, which is out today on Cut Mistake Music.
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