Seattle producer Erik Blood produces his own glorious album
New CD releases this week of Tuesday, Aug. 7, include an excellent one by Seattle producer and space-rocker Erik Blood," Touch Screens"; funky, horn-driven Antibalas' self-named album; Ivan and Alyosha's "All the Times We Had"; and jazz pianist Keith Jarrett's and Jan Garbarek's "Sleeper: Tokyo, April 16, 1979."
Erik Blood, 'Touch Screens' (self-released)
Seattle space-rocker Erik Blood says his new album, "Touch Screens," is inspired by pornography, but you wouldn't know that by his soft, borderline-indecipherable vocals. Perhaps there is some S&M in the hot slap of the first half of "Amputee"? Or maybe the song's beautiful outro could be a long embrace.
Mostly what you get from "Touch Screens" is modern pop rock on hyperdrive: succinct, clanging numbers like "Share Your Love" thundering next to atmospheric, enormous-sounding synthesizer and violin music named after stars of the industry — "(LaBruce)," "(Wakefield)" — and a real sense of Blood as a master producer.
He recently engineered/recorded several exciting albums in our city — by Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction and Stephanie. But where he expertly captured those hip-hop and post-punk groups as they sound on stage, but better, here he exploits the studio for the glorious instrument it can be, overloading "Touch Screens" with stacked vocals and acoustic/electric guitars like stories of skyscrapers. Lush is an understatement. It's bigger than that. A beast of an album.
Andrew Matson, Special to The Seattle Times
Other new releases
Antibalas, "Antibalas" (Daptone)
Ivan and Alyosha, "All the Times We Had" (Missing Piece)
Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, "Sleeper: Tokyo, April 16, 1979" (ECM)