Pictureplane, aka 24-year old Denver-via-Santa Fe multi-media maker Travis Egedy, popped up on some radars this past April via his remix of HEALTH’s “Die Slow.” Before that, he remixed Crystal Castles, collaborated with hometown New Mexico bud Zach Condon, and self-released his debut full-length Turquoise Trail, which Lovepump reissued digitally in March. Now the same label’s tackling his excellent sophomore collection Dark Rift. If may very well be the dance record of the summer for people who aren’t used to dancing: Egedy’s expansive mix of ’90s house, dreamy ’80s synth-pop, poppy darkwave, tripped and colorful Black Dice-style noise, bottomed-out hiss, weirdo Sublime Frequencies drum circles, and a surprisingly ready-for-the-club semi-sheen creates endlessly interesting soundscapes. He has art-school style, yes, but the guy also writes well-crated hooks with actual emotional pull. Or, in his words:

Once every 26,000 years our planet crosses through the elliptical plane at the center of our galaxy known as the dark rift. The songs on dark rift lyrically deal with humanity entering a new age or next phase of our existence…

We’re offering “Transparent Now (Thin Veil)” and”Goth Star” as illustrations.

“Transparent Now (Thin Veil)”

Dark Rift is out 8/4 via Lovepump. Hear more at MySpace. He’s on tour with onetime BTW HEALTH in September:

09/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Troubadour
09/10 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
09/11 – Portland, OR @ The Works (Time-Based Art Festival)
09/12 – Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
09/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
09/18 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
09/19 – Toronto, ON @ Wrong Bar
09/20 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
09/21 – Providence, RI @ Club Hell
09/22 – Allston, MA @ Harper’s Ferry
09/24 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
09/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
09/26 – Baltimore, MD @ Sonar

[Photo by Rita Minissi]

Comments (45)
  1. faas  |   Posted on Jul 15th, 2009 0

    jesus, really? come on stereogum.

  2. Jesus  |   Posted on Jul 15th, 2009 0

    Is that a picture of Chris Kataan?

  3. Wow. This opener is amazing. I’m excited to keep listening….yep still soundin cool.

  4. Jesus, Really?  |   Posted on Jul 15th, 2009 0

    sleeper hit of the summer

  5. Paul  |   Posted on Jul 15th, 2009 0

    This might be the greatest shit ever recorded, but I’ll never know because that dude’s picture makes me want to punch him in the chin.

    • stevie  |   Posted on Jul 15th, 2009 0

      Yeah, these are the kind of people that give various decades bad names…. 10 years from now if someone sees this picture, all they will be able to think is “People in the 00′s dressed like this?” Art-school style? I see no legitimate artistic statement ever being made with that attire.

      • jeremy  |   Posted on Jul 16th, 2009 0

        haven’t you seen some of those hilarious old radiohead images from the early 90s? now THOSE are pretty damn funny. google image search “funny radiohead”. ;)

  6. VADER  |   Posted on Jul 15th, 2009 0


  7. pictureplane deserves the hype.

  8. welcome to the party

  9. Denver go hard.

    Pictureplane is definitely worth the hype. I dig the hell out of his drawings, too.

  10. Sam  |   Posted on Jul 15th, 2009 0

    Why must he dress like an idiot?

  11. dark rift is gonna be dope, still bumpin “trance doll”

  12. blindie  |   Posted on Jul 15th, 2009 0

    this may sound tired–but why does it matter what he looks like? come on guys!

    • the song remains the plane  |   Posted on Jul 16th, 2009 0

      If it doesn’t matter what he looks like, then why does Pictureplane try so damn hard to look so different? And by “different,” I mean ridiculous…

  13. Eric   |   Posted on Jul 15th, 2009 0

    Very intelligent critique of the music, Paul….

    • Paul  |   Posted on Jul 15th, 2009 0

      Yeah, I clearly wasn’t critiquing the music. I was drawing attention to the fact this clown is an irredeemable fashion victim.

      But I actually did, after my original comment, listen to some of it. I can honestly say, “what’s the fucking point when Deastro and Sportsday Megaphone and, oh, about 200 other bands are doing the same thing better than this guy?” So there. He’s an also-ran AND a bad dresser.

  14. Whoa. A band not from Brooklyn?! Be still my beating heart!

  15. if all the synthesizers, drum machines, and sampling software in the world disappeared off the face of the earth tomorrow, no one would be happier than I.

  16. Leo  |   Posted on Jul 15th, 2009 0

    Pitchfork’s got a nice track review of Goth Star. I thought I heard Stevie Nicks…

    The song reminds of a slowed down “Not Exactly” by Deadmau5.


  17. forest t.  |   Posted on Jul 15th, 2009 0

    you dudes are trippin. pictureplane is definitely on some next shit, always has been.

  18. Aaron  |   Posted on Jul 16th, 2009 0

    Actually, the Pictureplane remix of “Lost Time” from HEALTH’s DISCO album is one of my favourite songs. I can’t wait to hear the new HEALTH record, but this album sounds really promising as well!

  19. no wave  |   Posted on Jul 16th, 2009 0

    “Black Dice-style noise” ? “art-school style” ?
    whoever wrote this sounds like they’re some teenage poser that thinks everything cool was invented in the past 5 years…

  20. the song remains the plane  |   Posted on Jul 16th, 2009 0

    If it doesn’t matter what he looks like, then why does Pictureface try so damn hard to look so different? And by “different”, I mean ridiculous…

  21. YamaLlama  |   Posted on Jul 16th, 2009 0

    Can’t wait for him to come to Seattle. See him live if you can he doesn’t disappoint.

  22. Thairy's Chocolate Afternoon  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2009 0

    Avoiding this music because the guy doesn’t wear your idea of appropriate attire is ridiculous.
    I can only imagine if people ignored the music of Bowie, of Montreal, or Devo based on their
    aesthetic qualities (or lack thereof ?).

    It seems there is a double-standard between the sexes when it comes to a musician’s fashion.
    Watch Bat for Lashes don some tights and a garbage pail but God forbid a dude wear something other than skinny jeans and a v-neck.

    Is Björk missing out on your attention because she wears whatever she wants?

    • Bowieofmontrealdevo  |   Posted on Jul 17th, 2009 0

      i don’t think anyone was saying they didn’t actually listen to the music because he looks like that. i listened to it, and think it’s pretty decent (despite the canned beat that could use some tweaking and the vocals that get a little queasy) …but agree that this dude tries very hard to look like…uh…whatever he looks like.

  23. fukkk off h8rs

    awesome work travis ! good to hear some new tracks from you !!

    ps yr fucking shoes, from that pool party… here:

  24. Chris  |   Posted on Jul 18th, 2009 0

    This guy is clearly drinking the Wham City koolaid.

    I mean he sounds like the midpoint between Dan Deacon and Girl Talk, dresses like he lives at the Copycat, and has a remixed Future Islands song on his myspace.

    Can we expect this dude at Whartscape ’10? I hope so, I’m definitely digging some of his shit.

  25. DavidDR  |   Posted on Jul 19th, 2009 0

    Pictureface has my soul.

  26. I’m really diggin’ the Goth Star Track. I might just get the album when it drops.

  27. Kawlen6d  |   Posted on Jul 29th, 2009 0

    all of you smart mouthed assholes are pathetic and literally ridiculous.

    this guy does whatever he feels and is getting critical acclaim left and right

    you’re all ready to hate before you even listen to his shit just because he doesn’t shop at urban outfitters and american apparel

    if you disagree and hate it so much, why don’t you start your own fucking blog….oh wait, i’m sure you already have one. it gets zero hits because your opinions are fail

  28. I’m diggin’ the tunes, but his voice (or the way he mixes his voice) is gonna take some time to get used to.

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