Piedmont Sorpid WilberForce

In a move away from his past modus of tape manipulation married to saturated guitar sound, CJ Einar now explores territory closer to the "pop" world. The "pop" world in question, though, is one that neither we nor *N Sync live in, it's a parallel universe where Devo became Sonic Youth and Bauhaus topped the charts. The transition from old to new is a seamless one, thanks to a first track entitled "Outro (to Estes Places)," which was CJ's last full-length, followed by "Intro (to WilberForce)." Once we're inside we're confronted with a somnambulist tour of simple drum patterns, rubbery bass lines and wordless vocal loops that seem to meander in hopes of finding a place to sit and rest. Eventually a commonality is reached as the elements lock into a low-key Krautrock-like pulse. In other places the beat disappears completely and pastoral guitar tones soothe the listener. Overall, a sense of letting things happen in their own time governs the album. Just as water finds its level, apparently so does WilberForce. (Dainty Deathy)