Pictureplane, Thee Physical
Operatic dance tracks leavened with warm vocals
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. Tracks like “Breath Work” aren’t coy about stating their purpose: The synth-flecked jam starts with a looped vocal sample that sounds like a diaphragm exercise, and leads into Edgy panting, “Breathe in raw/ I’m breathing you raw tonight.” It’s the perfect setup for tracks that are both softer and more melodic explorations of the bass-heavy drones that have characterized dance music for the past year.