Fireflies EP (TEBR​-​025)

by Paul Blackford

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TEBP15周年イベントにも出演したPaul Blackfordの新作がTEBRから登場!近年彼の作風でもある美しいメロディが印象的なダウンビートトラック集。

Paul Blackford performed his live act at TEBP 15 anniversary party in 2015.He comes back to TEBR with his latest works!

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While listening to Paul Blackford's "Fireflies",
I was tripping, yes,coming to going between reverie of country side and clamor of urban life.

The village has a clear stream, trees swaying in the wind, dancing fireflies with moonlight.
Decoded: elaborated hi-hat works,groovy bassline, floating pads, and shiny melodies.

"Well well, this strong snare sounds like a branch snapped off in darkness!"

This EP complements my fuzzy memory bout the view of fireflies's home when I saw em in childhood,
but suddenly, a vision came across to me more suitable for my ordinary boring life.

A night in summer,
I drive my car and watching weird streams of headlights on Shuto Expressway (Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway),
a blinked construction site, illuminated buildings because a ton of overtime works,
glittered advertisements which are full of faint smile.

In river of headlights, in forest of buildings,
people spend the night as thinking of one's own self or somebody.

I enjoy this overlap of fantasy village life and real urban life,
and light my cigarette (named 'peace light' and unfortunately it's get damp now).

To be honest, this place where I'm living is not near eitherthe village and expressway though,
I have a soundtrack "Fireflies" for sorrow of suburban city life, and kill the night with it.

Oops,now I'm afraid of I fucked up too much to tell how this EP is good cause my silly poetic review!
Before you call me a wanker, let me tell you my favs.

"Syndicate"
Great refrain melody which reminds me "KEIZOKU (Japanese cult mystery TV drama show, I'm big fan)",
electronic piano like drops, pulsing bassline, very impressive.

"Latitudes"
Very lyrical melody bring fresh air and a little bit sentimental mood.
I feel same atmosphere on Mrs.Jynx's music.
Like it!

"Moonlight"
Like Mid 90's down tempo which was rised by post drum 'n' bass producers.
Electronic-Soul track. Electronic piano makes good vibe zone.

"Fireflies" isn't too much 'Chill', and I bet this EP grabs IDM fan's heart.


In my opinion, making good down tempo music is difficult than you imagine.
Damn, PB is the man.

Missqulater

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Paul Blackford「Fireflies」を聴いて僕は幻想と喧騒を行き交う。

小川の清流、風に揺れる木々、月光とダンスする蛍。細かいハイハットワーク、うねるベースライン、浮遊するパッド、輝きを放つメロディ。

「あ、この強いスネアは、暗闇で小枝が折れた音みたいだなぁ」

幼い頃に見た蛍の里、幻想的な風景を綺麗に補完することに成功したはずなのだが、もっと身近にリンクしそうな風景がふと頭を過る。

夏の夜、首都高を流れるヘッドライトの川、点滅する工事現場、残業でライトアップされたビル群、暗闇に薄ら笑いを浮かべて光る看板。

ヘッドライトの川の中、ビル群の森の中、
人々は自分や自分以外の誰かに対して様々な想いを抱きながら夜を過ごす。

幻想的な風景と都市の喧騒のオーバーラップを楽しみながら、僕は玄関先で湿気たピースライトに火をつける。

蛍の里も、夜の首都高も近くにはない、「Fireflies」をサウンドトラックに悲哀の地方都市の夜が更けてゆく。

ポエムだけじゃ本作の良さは伝わらなそうだなと焦り始めたな、正直、今。ちょっとだけお気に入りを。

「Syndicate」は、リフレインする"ケイゾク"のようなメロディと、雫のようなエレピ、そして脈打つベースラインが印象的な気持ちいい曲。

「Latitudes」は極めて叙情的なメロディが澄んだ空気とちょっとした感傷を運んでくれる、
Mrs.Jynxにも通じる綺麗な曲。好き。

「Moonlight」は、90年代のアートコアジャングルやドラムンベースの連中が標榜したようなエレクトロエッセンスのある格好いいダウンテンポ。エレピの調べが渋い。

「Fireflies」は"チル過ぎない"、IDMファンもが思わずニヤけてしまうダウンテンポ作品だと思う。案外こういうダウンテンポは作るのが難しい。

PBやりよる。

Missqulater

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released June 30, 2017

Written and Produced by Paul Blackford
Artwork by Yoshihiro Hayashi

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