True Color / Chaos Is (Manican Dream)
Reviewed by Kahron Spearman, Fri., Feb. 24, 2017
Combining projects into something of an experimental double EP, the ambient-tech Damase (Jeff Bye) and flowing synthesis of Manican Dream (Bye and Nathaniel Earl) assembles a digestible and diverse local sampler. Manican's side A and lone track, "Chaos Is," builds and folds over itself, swimming in boiling clangs that give way to agitated string strums and mechanical warbling. Only a kick drum grounding buoyant ethereals, Damase's "True Color" blends ambience and techno into a subtle disorientation, nothing quite in lockstep. "Polarflex" clicks and ticks off time lost to the fade, wobbling never too far from the axis.