What comes through most prominently throughout The Living Lucid is Lapse (Garcia)’s improvisatory sense of development and motion in his songwriting. “Pillow” starts out with a sleepy guitar riff only to end up in a full-tilt breakbeat by the finish without so much as a twitch of the eye to see how it got there. The following track, “Melt”, begins in a carnivalesque glitch that, while perhaps not dance music at first glance, is certainly of intelligent design when reined in to a steady pulse and soaring synth leads. In a genre rife with three-minute theme-and-manipulation, it’s quite a pleasure to hear what Lapse can do with patience and a little breathing room. Check out the keystone “Stable Propulsion” for an exquisite 10’43” look into his stream of consciousness.
In watching a time-lapse video, though so much change is covered in such a short span of time, we never really lose track of where we started, never doubt that the resulting butterfly emerged from the original chrysalis. And so it is with Lapse’s guitar-driven melodies. The mixes run so deep that there is always something tying them together: a rhythmic motif, a harmonic sequence, stray digital bursts. Downtempo at its core, The Living Lucid isn’t trying to jolt you with the unexpected; it merely aims to nudge you in a new direction of awareness. And in its beauty, we here at Nueva Forma are confident you won’t be able to resist.
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