Band To Watch

Band To Watch: Pictureplane

brandon | July 15, 2009 - 12:41 pm

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)”

Pictureplane – “Goth Star” (MP3)

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]