copy Hard Dream (CD, £12.50)label: audio dregs recordings
Copy (aka Marius Libman) is the one man, keytar wielding, melodic beat master of Portland Oregon's underground dance music scene. Named after a horror movie concept created by friend and Portland DJ/performance artist Joe Von Appen, Hard Dream is loosely intended as a score to the un-filmed movie; part synth pop, part electro, part Italo disco, with a twist of Ratatat, and a dash of John Carpenter. Copy's third album for Audio Dregs sheds a slightly darker thriller vibe than the previous two, kicking off with a long arpeggiated intro that creeps in for a full two minutes before the beat breaks through the dark clouds; taking us from the twinkly bliss of "Shoots" into "Breakfast"'s frenetic maze of driving beats and closing with the triumphant 8-bit punk of "Stay Away From It". Raised on the likes of Minor Threat, De La Soul, Tortoise and Mahavishnu Orchestra, later playing in prog and punk bands, and eventually becoming a DJ and record store clerk, Marius has always been musically obsessed with a variety of genres. Citing OMD, Fugazi and Dr. Dre as some of his biggest influences he somehow manages to incorporate such disparate elements into an extremely focused and appealing sound - both nostalgic and forward thinking at the same time. Whether carrying ecstatic dancers with the bass and beats or tickling the ears of the more finely tuned listener who wants to get lost in the journey that the melody has to offer, Copy brings the noise in his own distinctive style. Tracks: 1. One Less Time, 2. Shoots, 3. Breakfast, 4. Something, 5. I Can Smell It, 6. Real Scared, 7. It Could Have Been More, 8. I Didn't Know, 9. On One Condition, 10. Stay Away From It.
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