Balam Acab- La La La / Luminesce
Posted by Anthony Obst
Balam Acab's 2011 LP Wander / Wonder to this day remains a serious staple in the world of textural, ambient beat-meddling. By now it kind of feels like this wave has washed over us (quite literally), but two years ago, folks like Shigeto, Teebs and Shlohmo were all over that "locked in a basement that's covered in shrubbery and is gradually filling with water" shit.
Now while the afore-mentioned trifecta of Shigeto, Teebs and Shlohmo have all gone on to successfully develop their sound into slightly new directions, it seems like Mechanicsburg beatsmith Alec Koone is having a harder time adjusting to the changing conditions for downtempo instrumental music. The couple of experimental batches he uploaded earlier this year were disorienting at best, if not borderline misguided - this sense being underpinned by Koone's Twitter statements on how those tracks were never really intended for release anyway.
Maybe Koone just needed to flush that stuff out of his system and has some more serious ventures in the pipeline, but that just remains wishful thinking for now. What we do get in order to bridge the gap to new Balam Acab watercolor strokes of genius are these two cuts culled from the Wander / Wonder sessions, "La La La" and "Luminesce." They are both two deeply emotional pieces of sample-based, subaquatic life-decelerators, bred from the special strain of trapped firefly-DNA that made the Balam Acab debut LP so memorable. I really can't figure out a reason for why the two beauts missed the cut. I'm just glad they have landed on my hard drive now, even with two years of delay that haven't done much to obscure the magic. Download "La La La" here and "Luminesce" over yonder.