this delicate confusion

by mayfairgrin

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TDC represents a stylistic metamorphosis from the industrial-inspired electronica compositions found on 'Excursions On A Hovercraft' to the darker, more refined, and synth-driven ambient IDM as heard on 'Memoirs'. Tracks like "delicate" and "kirlian sunshine" highlight some deeper and more complex compositions on the record showcasing a more progressive direction. The record as a whole is a cross-section of mfg’s interpretations of various music genres... obscure or otherwise.

"Behold, the fine line between ambient and industrial. This is such an unfamiliar line to most people that they easily walk right over it, kicking it into the gutter without a realization. Those looking for it know where to find it – lodged in a submarine several miles in the air, where the static remains in the shadows, lurking, ready to emerge at the right time. The static is not alarmed by the industrial beats jostling the background image. It rides the ambient swell over the clouds only to glide back down to Earth with a smile on its face.

mayfairgrin go on a journey of abstruse landscapes and they tell their story through interpretive electronic dances and underwater daydreams. They start off with a sonic odyssey located deep within a computer’s walls which slowly slides into trances and meditative states. After 20 minutes, your guide finally greets you and takes you to a spiritual electro-dance. The urge to close your eyes and fall into the recesses of the mind is hard to fight."

..."[mayfairgrin] have certainly made staying up to watch the sunrise a new pastime. This Delicate Confusion is like being in the back room of a club with the door shut tight and only your sweeping subconscious can find the right sounds to go with the beats that seem to find their way through the walls."
Standout track: Delicate | Rating: 4 stars
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released December 15, 2012

• Andrew Farris | synth/programming, guitar, composition, photography/cover design
• Julie Straw | spoken word ("black mountain machine")



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mayfairgrin Portland, Oregon

impressionistic music existing outside of the verse-chorus-verse structures of a three-minute pop song that expand and blur the boundaries between shoegaze, gothic, ambient, folk, and electronica.

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