Electroluminescent Measures

Electroluminescent Measures
Hamilton, ON musician Ryan Ferguson has been recording under then name Electroluminescent for over a decade. This may be why his vinyl-only debut LP, Measures, transports high-concept electronic music that glides along with a focus and ease normally displayed by veteran artists. From the "Moon Safari" morning dew of opener "Ampere" to the end-of-days, poured concrete of closer "Candela," Measures delivers looped synth and guitar in seven gliding and unhurried forward movements. "3AM Rutherford's Rock" sounds astoundingly uncomplicated, considering the intricacy of the layers fastened to the song's original loop. "Rattle Around the Corner" and "Farad" reinterpret the blip and stride rhythms of '90s shoegaze, while "Stained Glass in a Salt Mine" builds incessantly, blending a miscellany of noise that echoes naturally and melodically. The joy the listener may receive from listening to Measures stems from Ferguson's fullness of influence, combined with his music's focus, maturity and relevance. (Black Mountain)