Arc Iris, the fourth album by Queens-based chamber-pop experimentalist Liam Singer, is rich in wondrous, resonant details and dizzyingly deft songcraft, including recent singles ‘Stranger I Know’ and ‘Nine Ten’. The album is melodically and compositionally complex and layered with varied instrumentation whilst never losing site of its pop leanings. It’s rare to find such arresting compositional talent married not only to an innate sense of melody and emotion, but also to a keen sense of texture and atmosphere. Arc Iris merges these elements and blurs any lines that divide them.
The album is a sonic collaboration with Scott Solter, evolving over the course of ten months, with the extensive layering and tweaking of sounds and arrangements, including the invention of an electronically-aided glass harmonica! Sonically, the album exists in a sort of hallucinatory haze, influenced by both The Soft Bulletin and Pet Sounds, yet resembling neither.
released July 11, 2013
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