Here’s another one from the New Zealand-born chameleon James Grant, this time working under the Spelunks moniker, with this six-track album, Serenely Skeptical, out now on cyber bedroom label Crystal Magic Records. Producing a solidity to his sound that is equally as gratifying as Grant’s onomatopoeiac project name itself, songs like ‘Built-In’ and ‘Wet Towels (Cabana Boy Mix)’ totter along a keyboard of squelchy computer sonics and rhythmic quirk, while the scatting vocal sampling of ‘Where Did Our Love Go?’ echoes Bobby McFerrin’s ‘Don’t Worry Be Happy’ for the new millennium.
Producing like hardware made of GAK and finding comfort in the post-modern self-awareness of contemporary mundanity in other tracks like ‘Endless Foodcourt’ and ‘Amateur Chiropractic’, Serenely Skeptical, is available both as a download and on iconic format for the noughties, a laser disc. With the trend (re)cycle moving ever faster, plays the Accelarationist herald almost as well as Jay-Z and Gagabramovic.
Listen to the record below or see the CMR bandcamp for more details. **