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Album Review

His third release following an LP for Toshoklabs and an EP for his label Chocolate Industries, Chicago resident Zachary Mastoon (aka Caural) creates a perpetually dreamy beat collage on his 2002 hip-hop instrumental set Stars on My Ceiling. Ranging from Prefuse 73-like rhythmic abstractions, sampling urban audacity likeness to Squarepusher, and a more organic Boards of Canada aesthetic, this is chillout music for the headmusic sect of both the electronic and post-rock genres, and a healthy mental subversion at that. Highlights include "Stick to Modeling," the haunting bossa on "Sipping Snake Blood Wine," and the AM radio throwback in "Lilac."

Customer Reviews

Awesome Album!

This music is just great. It's so easy to listen to. Also has a lot of great guitar and all instrumental work


Born: December 19, 1977 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s

Chicago-bred instrumentalist and producer Zachary Mastoon grew up playing jazz (he was one of the founders of the group Transmission along with Stuart Bogie and Eric Perney until they left for college) and funk (his band ended up backing rapper Diverse), though he didn't discover the kind of downbeat experimental electronica and hip-hop that interested him most until enrolling at NYU in 1997 (after stints at various colleges studying different things). There he began delving into Prefuse 73 and Daedelus-styled...
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