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Joined Ends

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The Sky Opposite
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Ann River, Mn
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Mint
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Clap Track 4
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Draft Culture
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Schadentrauer
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Nest Nest
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The Few
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Trophies
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Do, Undo, Redo
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11.04.2012
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Tried (Now Tired)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 44:53

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Wondering Sound

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Garrett Kamps

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10.20.14
Dorian Concept, Joined Ends
2014 | Label: Ninja Tune

Austria’s Dorian Concept, aka Oliver Thomas Johnson, first caught attention via YouTube clips that depicted him manipulating synth textures in real time on a Micro Korg (he received more than a million views). His nimble knob-tweaking was fun to watch, but even more fun were the sounds it produced: Johnson’s music was squirrely, vivid and rich, shining hip-hop and techno through a fisheye lens with cracks in it. His beats juggled… read more »

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Exclaim Review 7/10

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Review from Exclaim magazine Oct 2014: Like fellow jazzists Thundercat and Flying Lotus (for whom he's played keyboards), Oliver Johnson seems mainly interested in the electronic music genre for its chromatic texture and versatility. Joined Ends finds Johnson (aka Dorian Concept) crafting heavily layered keyboards over spacey beats and paisley effect-laden vocals. Although Johnson remains a keyboardist by trade, the Austrian musician never seems to lean heavily on his instrument of choice, rather allowing clacking rhythms and quirky digital sounds to drive songs like "Clap Track 4," "Nest Nest" and "Trophies." While Johnson liberally demonstrates his own signature flourishes on Joined Ends, it's remarkable just how much he comes off sounding like Thundercat and Flying Lotus, most notably on tracks like "Ann River, MN" and "The Few." Over 12 tracks, Dorian Concept has crafted adventurous and playful analog soundscapes that manage to come off as otherworldly as they do familiar.