Groundislava is a totally rad one man electronic music band and moniker for musician Jasper Patterson. He’s put out a few efforts already, including his self-titled Groundislava earlier this year. He makes these somewhat droning, hip-hopping electronic music that is equal parts sophisticated video game soundtrack as it is a means by which to advance the Witch House/Chillwave/Neo-R&B-By-Way-Of-A-White-Person trend in music: it’s a rethinking of electronic music.
This past Tuesday, he released a new EP entitled TV Dream. The EP sees him being more precious in his work, an etherealness lent to the record that otherwise wasn’t visible. It has this air of shininess, which is perhaps both the influence of Los Angeles and Summer being fully present. “Weekend In The Tropics” is the woozy one, two bass opener that feels a bit like riding on a skateboard high out in Venice. “Tower Jump Suicide,” “Salt of Love,” and “Reflecting” are slowed down charmers that reflect starry nights and that moment in Super Mario where you catch the princess and all is well in the video game world. The second track, “TV Dream,” is the biggest standout of the record, featuring a robotic Clive Tanaka, coming together to sound like an outtake from Daft Punk’s Discovery. That, folks, is no small feat.
TV Dream is certainly a good soundtrack for the last hot June Friday of 2012 and certainly represents a new way of approaching a very en vogue, trendy, easy to consume subculture of electronic music. Take a listen to it below and pick up the EP from Bandcamp.