Tender, tech-y moves from Magic Fades aka Mike Grabarek and Jeremy Scott, navigating post-internet fallout and an amorphous areas between future bass/club, top 40 pop and drill for a synthetic and ventriloquistic approach to R&B.
The Portland-based production duo focus on super crisp HD production and a particular balance between sincerity, softness and heart-on-mesh realness for a full length of signifier-grabbing aptitude and rich, dynamic production.
"Push Thru" is assured in its touchings on the contemporary American radio zeitgeist, exercising their own aesthetics in a more direct and bold set of porcelain, neon late night feelings than those found on their earlier 2014 collab with Soul Ipsum "Zirconia Reign". Since then, they’ve also worked on a series of remixes and productions for other artists/MCs, flexing studio abilities and ways of interpreting those radio hits as well as more Internet-derived sounds and visuals.
Alexander O'Neill types of sensual funk go cyborg in Magic Fades hands on "IDGAFAM", a relatively stripped back and up jam compared to the texturally diverse set of future club inspired FX-as-percussion movements of "Industry" or “Midnight Temptations”. Their all-out approach to drama comes to a fore on tracks like "Ecco" which ends up at a soaring, Satrianian (or maybe more Fripp circa 1974 Baby's on Fire”) electric guitar solo that sounds almost as if carved from unimaginably hard granite.
Elsewhere, angelic/ flute and harp arpeggios drift through ocean wave samples on “Draped Mesh”, but it’s the heavy melodic turns and extremely deep hooks smoothed with their cold but sensitive palette; a marbled earnestness that is well-humoured yet slick.