Though you’ve likely listened to Eskmo at some point, I’m guessing you’re unfamiliar with Brandon Angelides’ second music alias, Welder. Florescence, Angelides’ most recent LP under the moniker Welder, was released yesterday to some highly warranted acclaim, and I personally could not be more impressed. Whereas Eskmo typically caters to the industrial and glitchy end of the IDM spectrum, Welder opts for a more organic and aesthetically evocative route, of which the evolving and expansive sounds of Florescence are most certainly indicative.
I Still - Welder
While “I Still” may not be Florescence’s standout track, I’ve featured it because I think it’s an excellent showcase of Angelides’ knack for creating a mood that can be interpreted as either ambiguous or definitive within his soundscapes. The track is engaging, but not in an abrasive or demanding manner, and is perfect for letting your mind wander.
Run - Welder
Upon listening to “Run”, one is immediately aware of Angelides’ range as both a producer and artist. Structural norms are defied in this fusion of classical strings and ethereal, distorted vocals, and the product is a thoroughly uplifting and thoughtful track. I have difficulty listening to “Run” without smiling.
Angelides is an artist with something to say. Don’t sleep on this release. Stream Florescence in its entirety here.