[26 April 2012]
When I was a kid I loved dungeon crawler games, being led on a path through room after creepily atmospheric room, never knowing what’s around the next corner. A lot of artists can create that sense of ancticipation throughout an album, song by song. First Person Shootr, aka producer Fred Warmsley, does this four or five times in every song on his debut EP, Mobility for Gods. Music of this stripe goes by many names, but Warmsley’s compositions are decidedly less “chillwave” and more “scarewave” than label-mate Neon Indian, with sudden pitch downs and creepy synths throughout. The hissing low end, ghostly guitar, and fuzz on tapping fuzz immediately set you on edge. But there’s an R&B smoothness built into the madness, and tracks like “See Inn” sound like The Weeknd on digital ecstasy, where voices filter through a syrupy electro-haze. Meanwhile, “Punch Struck” is a sticky mass of molasses tom hits and quavering sound effects. There’s something about it, and Mobility for Gods in general, that clings to you, attracts even as it repels, leaves you off-kilter but satisfied. It’s the soundtrack to the creepiest dungeon crawler ever.