Earthly Days

Earthly Days
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The Birmingham, Alabama-based Noumenal Loom imprint has been steadily exploring the outer fringes of pop music for a couple of years now. Helmed by the new age electro-wizard Holly Waxwing, the label has oozed out odd sounds in a variety of micro-genres since its inception. Giant Claw, Foodman, Caroline Says, Tuluum Shimmering and Digital Natives have all dropped science for the Noumenal Loom mothership, with each project employing its own unique sonic palette. 
 
There isn't a better fit for the label's roster than the North Carolina duo of Edaan Brook and Brint Hansen, with their gleeful brand of sample-based electronic mayhem. One listen to a track like "Glaze" with its laser beam blasts, chattery vocal samples and funky robotic rhythms, and there's no denying that Earthly are having a blast churning out cleverly composed tunes that aren't so much danceable as they are assimilative. 
 
The sheer enthusiasm with which their music plays out is a body-penetrating experience, with wonky sounds and obliquely paced beats invading the listener on a cellular level. Days is a promising debut album for this pair of proficient sample weavers, a grin-inducing collection of songs that should not be overlooked. (Noumenal Loom)