July 29th, 2017 | Album reviews

Dome of Doom

Artists of every genre have always made use of what they have on hand to create their works of art—if they could not afford paint or canvases, they would make it from whatever raw materials were readily and cheaply available. The same applies for music. While not entirely in the same vein, the musician Elusive does some interesting things with electronic beats in order to create a sound that is entirely unexpected and surprising in all the right ways. On Moments we find Elusive using samples, glitches, beats, and keyboard sounds in order to create a sort of glitched-out futuristic lounge jazz. The album opens with the track “intuition” as crackle from an old vinyl record bleeds into bell chimes, shakers, bass sounds, and disjointed keys of an electronic keyboard—imagine a place where artists like John Coltrane and Teebs meet. Elusive draws from the innovation and wild inspiration of jazz and placed it in conversation with the beats found at Low End Theory. All of the songs on the album are quite short—the majority close to two minutes flat—and this allows the album to work as a single seamless ethereal experience in sound. A highlight is the track “Side Step,” where computer-generated mechanical sounds work with the simple yet effective piano track and the signature shaker and drum beats that are as much hip-hop as they are jazz. This musical experimentation is all done to great effect—some songs lean more towards jazzy melodies while others push into pure beatmaking prowess, but they all flow effortlessly together.

—Zachary Jensen