Exclusive Laser Sex ‘Supremium’ EP Review
Scranton-based duo Laser Sex is gearing up to deliver their third studio effort, Supremium, on January 26th complete with a release party in their hometown at the Backyard Ale House with support from Speakerbot and Roo.
Sensible Reason was fortunate enough to get a sneak peek of the EP which is truly as excellent as the title suggests. The first track gently seduces the listener in with multiple layers: percolating, blissful bleeps and bloops, stacked on top of a heavy beat with organic, soulful piano and guitar melodies and Mike Nasser’s signature bass slapping. Dance-able but not too forced, the track soon intensifies demonstrating a beautiful balance of bass and guitar. Amidst a build in instrumentation, a frantic, distressed sample barges in:
Now the super aggro crag! Bigger! Sharper! More surprises and more obstacles than ever before!…Volcanic boulders ready to explode at the slightest touch!…All the while our players will climb and they will be facing the sound and the fury of a molten volcano that’s ready to blow!
The sample perfectly aligns with the climax of the track and also serves as a metaphor for the sounds: exploding into a twisted web of bass guitar, piano and loops. Until you realize its origin, the words take the song for a dark ride, but it’s straight from the first episode of Nickelodeon’s Global Guts! providing a hilarious “a ha!” moment, letting you readjust and get back in the groove. This song sets the tone for the rest of the album and demonstrates precisely where Laser Sex excels: they lay down funky rhythms providing a foundation for their organic, emotionally-driving melodies cloaked in spacey, synthy harmonies and a touch of subtle, witty humor. They often throw listeners for a loop, quickly switching up the tempo and atmosphere of a piece with the simple addition of a sample or body enveloping bass, drastically changing the audience’s experience, but always in a way that’s seamless and pleasurable.
The rest of the EP is equally diverse, dabbling in drum ‘n bass, jamtronica and genres that can only be defined as ‘Laser Sex’, featuring samples from films like Blazing Saddles, classic James Brown tracks, snippits of an interview with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and of course Mike Nasser and Jeff Felkowski’s progressive instrumentation. Their music (and this album) is “heady,” in that it has incredible wit. Supremium will make you laugh out loud while dancing, confuse you, and inspire introspection. For example Tyson discusses the universe on the track ‘Zebra Fairy,’ stating, “the most astounding fact is the atoms that make up the human body went unstable in their later years, they collapsed and then exploded scattering their enriched guts across the galaxy, guts made of solar systems stars with orbiting planets, and those planets now have the ingredients for life itself, when I reflect on that fact, I look up – many people feel small because they’re small – but I feel big,” then Laser Sex immediately drops an infectious, groovy beat forcing you to move along with the music, taking you from astrophysics philosophy contemplation back to the dance floor in a flash. This auditory tapestry of intelligence, humor and booty shaking beats makes for an EP that deserves multiple listens: at home alone in your headphones, while driving, and most importantly live!
Free download of ‘Chocolate Space Kittens’ from Supremium
To get the full experience of Supremium get down to the Backyard Ale House in Scranton, PA this Saturday January 26th, more details here. Check out the EP for yourself at http://lasersex.bandcamp.com/