Noisy Neighbors

André Obin, ‘The Arsonist’

André Obin


The Arsonist

The last two years have been good ones for Boston’s André Obin, including wins as electronic producer of the year by the Boston Phoenix and electronic performer of the year at the Boston Music Awards, as well as releases on tastemaking labels throughout the world like Ghostly International and Klopfgeist. “The Arsonist” collects a few of those releases, like the darkly churning bass-forward title track, and the color-wheel of synths and dripping delay of the melancholy “Lemondrop.” “Enjoy” is more akin to the marriage of new wave rock and electronic that creeps in throughout his work. It’s a slow-building track about the slow-building of tracks: “Wait, we want to go slow, enjoy,” a ghostly, high-pitched vocal intones. “It’s about not wanting to rush the musical process,” he explained in an interview last week, “This song is a call to be in the present moment.” “Blue Powder,” too, is another song that takes its time, with a slowed-down blend of bright, open guitar chords dangling over a dense layer of intertwining synth textures. “We have to maintain that delicate balance, and that is often a bittersweet symphony,” Obin says. He’s done that here. (Out Tuesday )


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