Journey Work

IF 1072LP IF 1072LP

LP version. New York-based duo Bottler, Pat Butler and Phil Shore, are the vanguard of their own distinctly eclectic sound. Raw, emotive, bold, and highly creative, the duo has successfully carved out their own path with a series of EPs that represent the broad scope of their production prowess. Over the last five years Bottler have been working on their debut album, Journey Work, a milestone achievement that marks a pivotal moment in their music career. The album is a distillation of the duo's multifaceted upbringing, blending a variety of styles together bound together by an overarching attitude and approach that embraces creative freedom and self-acceptance. The duo blends a myriad of styles to create songs that emanate warmth, joy, sorrow, pain, and the full spectrum of human emotion. Across 11 cuts Bottler illustrate their distinct take on electronic music, weaving in elements of indie, pop, rock, house, and techno with confidence and panache. Journey Work starts at "Home", a song that is fizzing with positive energy, Pat's vocals welcoming the listener to the start of this meandering audio adventure. "Chrysalis" opens with delicate piano keys that guide us into a bombastic bassline and energizing drum beats. As it progresses, scintillating layers of synth and strings are added, creating a highly affecting, uplifting atmosphere. "Melatonin" follows up next, merging heartfelt vocal delivery with a somber instrumental, and a stirring guitar riff. A glorious demonstration of Bottler's songwriting capabilities, which are also evident on "Vinyl", an up-tempo dance number with an unbelievably catchy chorus. On "Tacoma", Pat and Phil channel their appreciation of house and techno into a haunting cut that utilizes reverse strings and extended vocal refrains to chilling effect. "Meds" incorporates muted singing, mystical pad work and a mesmerizing riff to produce a captivating slice of uncomplicated dance music. This is followed by "Hot Water", which feels like a trip to a Californian beach, circa 1965. "Mako" features Samurai Velvet singing about fireflies and afterlife in a wonderfully heartrending manner, Bottler's instrumental keeping things simple, yet highly effective. "Weed" is a dense, gloomy cut with inspired use of chopped up vocal clips, stuttered throughout, alongside a mean bassline. "You're Old" is an anthemic song that transposes Bottler's idiosyncratic style onto the pop blueprint. Finally, "Cicada Rhythm" closes the album with a pensive, yet joyful feeling. A chunky bassline is juxtaposed with Pat's angelic vocals cascading over the top.