Album of the Day: Dylan Cameron, “Infinite Floor”

While S U R V I V E is getting a lot of love now that half the band are known as the synthesists who scored Stranger Things, they’re not the only breakout artist fueling Holodeck’s slow but steady rise. Dylan Cameron is essentially the Austin label’s ego-less Martin Hannett, a proficient knob-twiddler who’s had a hand in the production, engineering, and/or mastering of many Holodeck releases. Aside from a double album that spread his ambient and avant-dance sides across a limited cassette tape (2013’s Causes & Conditions), he’s often found himself too busy to focus on his own music.

Enter Infinite Floor, a tidy 35-minute LP that reads like a highlight reel of daring sound designs. For starters, jungle doesn’t get much more jittery than the jagged hi-hats and battering-ram basslines of “Nebula.” Maybe that’s why Cameron retreats to the chill-out room afterwards, slowing things down considerably with the dub-techno rhythms of “Misted Road” and the moody house melodies of “Difficult Floor.” Slightly more unsettling is “Eternal Sunrise,” a bittersweet downtempo beat that stops as suddenly as a bumped turntable, and resumes its reverie on the record’s final number (“Human Condition”). Here’s hoping it’s not Cameron’s last for the next three years.

Andrew Parks

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