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ARTIST
TITLE
Nebulae
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
MELO 037CD MELO 037CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
8/8/2006

Virginia-based Outputmessage (Bernard Emmanuel Farley Jr.) may already be known to you thanks to his previous work on the Ghostly label, but this is his debut release for Melodic. We could be wrong, but the world might not be ready for this. While the pop kids are going indie and the rockers are trying to dance, listening to Outputmessage is something entirely in a league of its own. But, like rediscovering a lost love of old skool Detroit house, the last thing you'd expect is for it to come from a 22-year old grad-student. Imagine it; daylight darkens, street lamps come on and all that's familiar turns into unfamiliar space. For a second you lose your bearings and sense of time, but then Nebulae comes on the car stereo and suddenly it all makes sense. Like classic Kraftwerk, New Order, or Aphex Twin, each track is hypnotic and danceable before melting into a sonic oblivion. "Bernard's Song" could be a self-titled reflection on film score composer Bernard Hermann, but with its lightly orchestrated drum n' bass, subtle techno sound and clicky beats, the melody couldn't be more prominent. And this is just the start of Nebulae: together all the songs create an atmospheric arrangement that sounds almost scientific. Each element of Bernard's musical history, from minimal to jazz to abstract and heavy has fused together creating a helluva message.