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Portland Oregon-based producer Halo Refuser presents his 5th studio release, an amazing new mini-album titled Melting Magic. Halo Refuser is the futuristic electronica brainchild of virtuoso keyboardist/producer Asher Fulero (an anagram). In this exotic landscape of sound his creatively futuristic beats, grooves and otherworldly textures combine with huge wobbly bass lines for a psychedelic experience that is equal parts sonic journey and body moving, drawing on the classics of cinematic dance music while balancing state-of-the-art textures and beats.
Both a Moog Artist and a Nord Artist, Fulero carries these prestigious synthesizer and piano endorsements well. He uses a laundry-list of modern production techniques and then re-warps it all from within Ableton Live, his main software for nearly 10 years. The result is captivating, cinematic EDM that falls somewhere between Dub, Glitch, Trip-hop, Drum-n-Bass, Downtempo, Whomp, and IDM, all without the obvious style-traps and never living too long in one place. Featuring four original tracks of his special brand of glitchy cinematic EDM, Melting Magic is perhaps Halo Refuser's best release so far and certainly the best sounding, with mixes that jump out of the speakers. Entirely self-produced, the album was mastered by UK legend Kevin Metcalf at SoundMasters London and features artwork from digital artist and music producer Scott 'Sporeganic' Hedstrom. From the relentlessly wobbly Moog bass in 'SlowSand' and the extreme speaker-cone destruction of 'Expedition' to the trancy dub grooves of 'Summer Freeze' and the classic Ninja-Tune downtempo feel of 'Stargazing', the album has a warmth and a sense of spaciousness that instantly transports the listener to Halo Refuser's alternate reality for a guided journey featuring crickets and owls, film projectors, garbled voices, and subtle skank guitars trading moments with undeniably crushing beats, drops, and chest-rattling bass.
"A fastidious composer, Fulero imbues Halo Refuser's tracks with an obsessive ear for tone and a willingness to follow his own structural whimsy."
-Willamette Week (9/12/2012)
Release/catalogue number: IFM::021
Release date: Jan 8, 2013