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Sunray Breaker

Travis Barton and Chris Powell have been making experimental electronic music for around a decade, and the aesthetic for the duo's first widely available release is succinctly summed up with its title. Reminiscent of '90s electronica, these songs sound like Future Sound of London's Lifeforms album mixed with glitchy noise. It's also akin to cEvin Key's solo material in its examination of a futuristic dance music grounded in unabashedly creative exploration of electronic music technology within the limits of a specific set of gear. Each song is clearly written with accessibility in mind, but instead of dumbing things down to familiar elements, Barton and Powell invite the listener to follow the fluid path of their twitchy, rhythmic compositions. Fans of Squarepusher's techno-organic phase may find what they've been looking for here.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.