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Pixel

The Drive

(Raster-Noton; US: 12 May 2009; UK: 13 Apr 2009)

The third album from Denmark’s Jon “Pixel” Egeskov is a rare ambient concept road-trip album. All of the tracks are named after coordinates findable through Google Maps (track one is the Cape Canaveral NASA base in Florida). Of course, I generally like louder music with a progressive beat for my travels, while the sound of The Drive is often something like a heartbeat laid over the warble of old ceiling fans and amplifier hum. If I ever did pull this out on a road-trip, the majority of the car would likely fall asleep, so it is kind of dangerous in that respect.


Outside of the concept, it is a well-constructed chill album. A constant amplifier hum acts as a drone through which intensely stretched out string instruments bubble forth. Each track is given its sense of momentum by faint, lethargic bass and static pops rearranged into percussion. I certainly sets a mood, yet every time I listen to it, I can’t help but wish I was listening to Pole’s first three EPs instead.

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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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