Alex DrosenAlex always makes these really awesome synth dreamscapes that immediately draw you into the world that they create. Blackout Beach dives further into noise than his last one, creating more experimental textures within his compositions. There isn’t much that I would call straight up noise on here, but of the 16 tracks there are a bunch that seem like they belong on a noise album.

All of the tracks are short but they’re packed full of ideas. Electronic gurgles, Slither-like clarinet squawks, swelling synths, junk percussion, and music boxes combine into patterns that get stuck in my head. The length of the tracks keeps them fresh, like Alex is hoping you’ll forget about them. They almost always end too fast, but the next time you listen to them you realize that they’ve been growing unconsciously in your head and you are right back to the place they took you to in the first time around. Its like rediscovering something great every time you put the album on.

Long story short: If you like experimental composition that is full of ideas, you should check this out.

Blackout Beach
By Alex Drosen
MER 14 - 2008
16 tiny tracks, including spaced out synth jams, clarinet squawks, lovely guitar textures, and electronic freakouts. The release is limited to fifty copies, and each has unique hand drawn artwork on the inside of the tray insert (under the disc). It is a very recommend listen.

5" cdr in jewlcase

My Favorite Hard Time vol 2
By The Saurus/Alex Drosen/Man vs Nature
MER 05 - 2007
A continuation of the three bands three inches theory. The Saurus are improvised noise rock with insane bass distortion. Alex Drosen is a synth pro, and these tracks rule. You should get a hold of him and get his full length, its awesome. I listen to it all of the time. Man vs. Nature is from California and brings the noise!

3" cdr in sleeve