The Flashbulb – Arboreal
17 songs, 59.1 minutes long
Arboreal is the latest release from IDM/breakcore artist The Flashbulb. The Flashbulb is Benn Jordan, and he’s outdone himself with Arboreal. I liked his previous efforts, but Arboreal is on a new level. The beats are complex IDM rhythms, layered with spacey synths and Jordan’s own guitar playing. The songs are distinct and short, with nothing over six and a half minutes long, but they run together into a single beautiful compilation. The transitions are so smooth that one moment Jordan does something that sounds almost like drum and bass, and the next moment it sounds like post-rock, without a jar or a break in between. With few lyrics, Arboreal is a mostly instrumental triumph.