Alexi Baris – Thema
In one of the freshest takes on atmospheric music we've heard so far this year, Vancouver's Alexi Baris squirms their way through twelve organic vignettes for an adventurous debut, Thema, on L.A.'s Total Stasis. Deliriously giddy and restless at heart, Thema's granular flourishes glide alongside a patchwork of delicate droning melodies, with new chirps and churns unexpectedly unfurling at every turn. Sound fragments and airy field recordings float in and out freely, resulting in something closer to a living, breathing eco-system or some A.I.-assisted landscape than a traditional album.
Not unlike some long lost Mille Plateaux release or even Oval remixing Ramzi... recommended for both early evening lulls and bouts with insomnia alike.