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White Rainbow

The Making of Thriller

(K; US: 15 Nov 2011; UK: Import)

The two songs on this cheekily-titled seven inch from White Rainbow (ubiquitous NW producer/ambient artist Adam Forkner’s pseudonym) are about as innocuous as their titles suggest, and enforce the stereotype that electronic music can be made by anybody (with a computer). There isn’t a grain of unpredictability during the song’s a-side and title track, but things do pick up slightly during the b-side “The Making of Star Wars”, precisely due to its unprecedented utilization of harmonica (likely a first or at least a second in electronic music).  But both of these tracks have more in common with their namesake than Forkner probably intended—they’re largely spiritless and unmemorable.

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Morgan Troper is a freelance writer currently living in PDX, Oregon.


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