Album Review

Hanson, J. – “Boolean Blues” – [Digitalis Industries]

lombard   4/13/2010   A Library, CD

On this brand new release, Boolean Blues, from March 2010, Josh Hanson of Portland, Oregon crafts dreamscapes using his homemade synthesizer. The five tracks begin in a mystical/spooky mood, transporting the listener to a dark forest full of tribal drones and clicks reminiscent of bugs in the shadows. At times it’s more electric than electronic as the sounds crackle and pop. But there are also bright, pretty, Eastern flavors and you might imagine a belly dancer or a whirling dervish casting a mesmerizing spell on observers who happen upon this scene. Urban life intrudes as well as I swear I heard a car alarm’s insistent plea for help during one of the pieces.


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