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ARTIST
TITLE
Mean Sound
FORMAT
12"

LABEL
CATALOG #
BOOMARM 001EP BOOMARM 001EP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
11/1/2010

"The experimental beat making of Gulls, aka Jesse Munro Johnson, is a force to be reckoned with. Based out of Portland, Oregon, his electronic adventures are patiently psychedelic, masterfully composed, and brimming with the earnestness of an artist whose music is designed to yell 'this is NOW!' Every track is built entirely from the ground up. Johnson samples only himself, cutting up and rearranging myriad textures horns, synthesizers, etc. into dazzling kaleidoscopic formations. A densely woven tapestry of sound, the listening experience is not the simplest to articulate. Yet we can begin to pull at the strands, to see what exuberant stars and hungry black holes make up this immense electronic cosmos. Gulls' compositional discipline reveals an interest in classical minimalists like Philip Glass as well as the polyrhythmic intensity reminiscent of traditional West African and Brazilian music. While informed by a scholarly interest in music across genre and location, the project is rooted firmly within club culture. As a dance floor maestro, Gulls takes cues from early dub, dancehall, and sound system culture, blowing basic pieces of music into astronomical proportions, into mammoth versions with their own savage lives. As even the forefront of today's electronic music scene finds itself compartmentalized by genre and subgenre, the boundaryless compositional voice and healthy swagger of Gulls is thrilling. The EP also features Kranky recording artist and sonic voyageur Strategy, whose remix of 'Mean Sound' blasts things into another galaxy entirely."