Alias – Pitch Black Prism

Album Review by Bram E. Gieben | 14 May 2014
  • Alias – Pitch Black Prism
Album title: Pitch Black Prism
Artist: Alias
Label: Anticon
Release date: 26 May

Heralding a switch from his MPC-based productions to the more synthetic sounds of the Native Instruments Machine, there is a certain linearity to the drum programming on opener Ghost Cloudz that almost makes you yearn for the offbeat cadences and analogue fuzz of Alias' earlier work. Then Crimson Across It, featuring a feral, schizophrenic performance from Doseone kicks in, and all doubts are demolished, as Dose spits in a terrifying array of voices over a low-slung, bass-heavy beat.

The icy synths and minimal trap drums of Amber Revisions nod to witch house and post-dubstep. When Alias explores these ethereal realms in greater depth on Joseph Greenleaf Mornings and Vallejo's Sapphire Views, the results are impressive. Indiiggo, with Therese Workman, is a claustrophobic, dubbed-out slice of electro-pop. Its closing tracks stroll through more Warp-like territory, with shades of BoC, Aphex Twin and Plaid, exploring familiar realms in a way that is uniquely Alias.