Avalon Emerson Narcissus in Retrograde
Published Nov 23, 2016Narcissus in Retrograde is Avalon Emerson's followup to her sweltering ode to Arizona, The Frontier/2000 Species of Cacti. Released on Ghostly's sister label Spectral Sound, her latest EP consists of four diverse heavyweights that will electrify the dance floor.
Using her signature melodic chaos production style, the Berlin producer unabashedly churns the linearity of techno into a snarling, labyrinthine form. "Natural Impasse" is a menacing defiance of conventions, as Emerson limns her luminous melodies with the grit of her razor-like percussion. "Dystopian Daddy" best represents her duality as a producer, as the delirious drive of its acidic hooks drift and disperse into a lofty symphony of languorous synths, while "Groundwater" juxtaposes hard rhythms and tropical atmospherics.
Marrying symphonic and cinematic sounds to a mechanical genre, Narcissus in Retrograde is yet another testament to Emerson's imagination and ability. (Spectral Sound)