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this guy is sooooo good buy this cd!!

Good Isht

Coming in at a nice 13 cuts, Solus' debut 'Lights in the Valley' is a study in chill with emphasis on the fundamentals. And by 'fundamentals' I mean actual instrumentation a la Quantic, probably recorded track by track, and thoughtfully arranged and mixed down to produce cuts that resonate and deliver on all promises. Matt Coogan (aka Solus) knows a thing or three about musical instrumentation. Most notably the guitar, and all that the guitar can accomplish. From a more bluesy vital style of guitar in the last cut 'Basic' to almost Cure-esque progressions in cuts like 'Times Up' to more Spanish styled action on a signature cut, 'Crappy Days', Solus is clearly choosing his weapon of choice - a thoughtful decision for a decidedly chill, downtempo album. Not to be outdone by the guitar, piano themes and melodies appear almost everywhere on every cut - from broken piano sounds exemplified in 'Checking In' and 'Minor Details' (to an almost creepy effect), to big fat washes in cuts like 'Lights in the Valley' - clearly the album's chillest cut. The album opens with 'Checking In' - a cinematic exploration complete with afforementioned broken piano progressions paired with bongo beats which both equal out to a spy movie soundtrack. Everything here is smartly built, and leads you through to an audio endgame of sorts in some kind of spy chase or spy relationship. Nice. One standout track is 'Ummes' - a vital piece of music that I vote most likely to be played on a stage, with a live band. The bass line on this one is right up front and ready for a remix or two. Very Fantasy Island on the dancefloor with a side of nitrous, of course, via the synth washes and echoes. This one's familiar and new all at once. Not to be left out, Solus' nod to hip-hop beats comes through in my personal favorite, 'Crappy Days'. This cut draws out my favorite kind of hip-hop swagger melded with crisp synth progressions. From there Solus just builds and builds and works it into the album's second anthemic melody (the first being in the epic 'Session 5') - a melody I suspect a lot of listeners will commit to memory quite easily. Another standout track, and a long player at that, is 'Session 5'. Beginning with a very spacey atmospheric intro reminiscent of deep space exploration noises, the track evens out into a Boozoo Baju-esque bottomed-out beat wherein a sweet electro flavored bass line cuts in the whole thing just drops into some deep house type stuff that'll make yer momma wanna sway. Like on some Mo' Horizons getting fatter on a burrito with a side of beans stuff until space is the only place that will float a bass line that chunky. Clutch. If you're a fan of downtempo music, the Austrian chill music scene, dubs, Land of the Lost reruns, or good 'ole fashioned Jazz-learned musicianship, 'Lights in the Valley' should be on the top of your list. Lets hope that Solus can pull off some remixes on this one before dropping his next gem. Did I mention remixes??

No Heavy Headz????!!!!

Haha...I loved that cut! If you're reading it, I hope it makes on the next one. This album is why this genre thrives. Incredible effort, fluid delivery. Drive to it, make love to it, chill to it....but buy it. These are the guys we need to support with our money. Because they know how to make fantastic music. Thanks for the beats

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