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Thee Physical

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Body Mod
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Black Nails
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Sex Mechanism
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Touching Transform
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Post Physical
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Techno Fetish
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Real is a Feeling
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Trancegender
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Negative Slave
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Breath Work
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Thee Power Hand
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 46:00

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Marissa G. Muller has written about music professionally since she was 19, just don't ask about her age now. Her work has appeared in Pitchfork, EYE WEEKLY, Ind...more »

07.28.11
Operatic dance tracks leavened with warm vocals
2011 | Label: Lovepump United / SC Distribution

Pictureplane’s Travis Edgy hails from Colorado, where a dubstep scene has steadily risen to fist-pumping proportions at college campuses in Denver and Boulder. But, unlike his geographical and electronic contemporaries, Edgy leavens his operatic dance tracks with warm vocals, keeping his fans’ ability to connect with them in mind. His sophomore release, Thee Physical, takes its title from this concept: move people on a dance floor, with music that directs more than just the feet.… read more »

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Pictureplane breaks boundaries, genres, and minds while he's at it. Give it a listen. You won't be the same again.

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The continued rollout, mutation, and absorption of dance music in all its permutations throughout America gets a 2011 poster child in Pictureplane’s Thee Physical, which at least shows that Travis Egedy deserves credit for more than simply coming up with the idea of a style of music called “witch house,” however humorously. Neither cutting edge in electronic terms nor aiming for the heart of the charts, the album’s interest lies in its easily dreamy fusions, exchanging the cold imagery of the album art and song titles for something more sweetly exultant — though “Techno Fetish” definitely sums it all up perfectly, no matter the overall intent. A general approach holds sway — Egedy’s sighing, soft vocal parts, sometimes looped, often expressing general sentiments rather than continuing lyrics, over short, staccato arrangements, a telescoping of impact different from dance’s tendency to flow and build. Call it a singer/songwriter approach using new kinds of roots-based instruments for an electronic age. Where there is more in the way of lyrics, the sentiments feel like a dream of future past, like “Post Physical,” with a calmer, often lovelier arrangement to help set and deliver them. The ghosts of 1988 to 1992 hang heavy on songs like “Body Mod,” while the demi-rock fusions of the Prodigy and Chemical Brothers turn up elsewhere along with a fleck of shoegaze on “Thee Power Hand.” Dubstep’s increasingly Americanized impact can be sensed in the bass wobbles of “Black Nails,” while trance’s long shadow in turn crops up in “Real Is a Feeling.” Not to mention the title and feeling of “Trancegender” — but why not go all out, after all? – Ned Raggett

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