After his diverse yet cohesive 2013 album The Waiting Room, Jeff McIlwain, better known as Lusine, is back with a more focused EP.
At 20 minutes, the EP is exactly as long as it needs to be, showcasing yet again the multiplicity that exists within Lusine’s work through songs that form a compact whole. As McIlwain told Giant Step in a recent interview, his goal is to find “beauty in strange places” and “warmth under the surface” through all his music.
This one started off with some tracks I recorded with my cello. It turned into a much more effected version of what I had, and the cellos became just one small layer in the bigger puzzle. I chose the title because it felt like the synth line is kind of flowing, but dense or congested in a way. A lot of my song titles are kind of based on the imagery that I see in the sounds.
“EYES GIVE IN”
The lyrics are kind of about getting lost inside your head. It’s kind of about understanding when someone you care about is being distant for certain reasons. I think stylistically, I was kind of tapping into my love of Aphex Twin-style production here, but giving it a bit more of an organic twist.
This track is kind of about missing someone, and feeling the memories of the person in the spaces they have left behind. I’ve always been influenced by these kinds of static, un-embellished vocals, and here I guess I’m trying to incorporate that into a more experimental sound.
I’ve been hearing a lot of tracks in the 70-80 BPM range lately, and I thought it would be interesting to work in that area, but with a slightly off kilter chord progression, something with a bit more mystery and movement.
08.01 Missoula, MT @ The Badlander
09.04 Montreal, QB @ Le Salon Daome
02. Eyes Give In
03. Quiet Day