Adventure Weird Work

Adventure Weird Work
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Now that Benny Boeldt (aka Adventure) has gotten chipwave and chillwave out of his system, the Maryland-via-South Carolina instrumentalist is free to focus on the more textural and subtle aspects of synthetic music on Weird Work, his third LP. Crafting eight traversing instrumentals, Boeldt abandons the genre-sculpted absurdities of his Wham City cohorts for something resembling a straight-faced post-IDM record. Allowing his work to adopt a less-structured mould, tracks like the standout, Aphex Twin-esque "Laser Blast" and instructional-video-gone-funky "Constantly" possess unobtainable melodies and peripatetic rhythms. Although most of the material on Weird Work travels at the same warbled, bent-note pace, Boeldt does a fine job inserting a number of left-field ideas and left-turn musical themes. On a surface level, these tracks form a more tempered piece of work, but multiple listens unveil layers of sound that make Weird Work the most fittingly titled album of the year. (Carpark)