NYC’s boundary patrolling Bossa Nova regular and Chinatown resident Max McFerren returns to 1080p with his distinctly goofed out euphoria and hybrid techno on the "Lawd Forgive Me".
Skewing his stylistic vehicle of steady floor/four techno with childlike glee, synth squiggles, big bass and wonky house signifiers, MCFERRDOG seeks precious moments in adult experience and hyper sincere emotive peaks, utilizing the familiar and nostalgic in dance music for a super confident hour-long release split between peaks and ultra-pretty melodic spaces between.
MCFERRDOG seeks epiphany and moments of beauty in a thoroughly post-ironic mode of electronic music. Embracing unlikely and often cheeseball motifs of deep house, club and slicky retroactive techno, McFerren works from inside the social media prisons, exploring disappointments like the false return of religon, saying goodbye to reckless youth and apologizing for escapism.
Opening track “Bless This Mess” is pure buildup, hellbent on bliss by splicing deconstructed rave vibes with a playful piano melody and splashes of a shattered static FX borrowed from grime. The record is littered throughout with hyperactive pitched up/down vocal snippets and those kinds of oddly displaced textural occurences; “What Justifiable Confidence!” starts out with repetitive half-second vocals pasted as beats before opening up into peaced out synth waves.
“Lawd Forgive Me” has been described as a soap opera; it’s strong narrative chain moves through emotions as quick as browser tabs, getting lost and eventually finding peace in both participation and weirdness.
released January 20, 2015
Art by Mason Lindroth
Mastered by Evan Sutton
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