Lusine (Seattle's Jeff McIlwain) has always had an exceptionally colorful, exceptionally textural take on electronic music; his tracks move with rich tones and rippling surfaces. But the producer really outdoes himself on "Arterial," the lead track from his upcoming four-track EP for Ghostly. All the hallmarks of his recent work are here — the micro-edits, stuttering beats, and shirred-tape chords, plus chopped-up and sanded-down vocals that scatter like marbles.
On "Arterial," Rhodes keyboard, clarinet, and ragged analog synths heave like a bellows over a slack, shuffling beat. It's out August 5, which is, perhaps, exactly one month and one day later than it could prove really useful. Stream it now with your eyes closed, and you'll immediately see why: The song lights up like a slow-motion fireworks explosion, an endless succession of sparks blazing brilliant against a backdrop of fathomless black.
Listen to "Arterial" below; New Yorkers can catch Lusine at the Cascine + Friends event at Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 12, along with Lemonade, Chad Valley, Xeno & Oaklander, and Yumi Zouma.