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Max Tundra
Parallax Error Beheads You (Domino)


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On his first full-length album in six years, this U.K. producer and multi-instrumentalist seamlessly weaves electronic and non-electronic elements into each of his songs. It's the defining characteristic of Tundra's sound.

Listen only to the improvised keyboard on "My Night Out" and you might think Parallax Error is a jazz record. The only electronic effect here is a splash of wired piano reminiscent of Steely Dan.

But if "Gum Chimes" is your window on Parallax, you'll hear a sea of baroque synth that made me imagine Tundra writing epics for Disney's once legendary Main Street Electrical Parade.

A highlight of the disc is "Orphaned." On this track, fragments of silence split the music into broken pieces and give sonic meaning to the song title.

Tundra's lyrics brim with this kind of pithy post-modern phraseology: I met a girl on Google on a search/She was in the background of a picture of a church.

Parallax is a wonderland of high-concept electronica sure to be visited by music's most adventuresome listeners.

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