By Brian Ossip, DC Music Live
Jason Mullinax, the mastermind behind Pilesar (pronounced pie-LEE-zur), describes his music as “idiosyncratic lo-fi pop ditties, rhythmically dense improvisations and wildly eclectic live performances.”
Taking influences from artists such as Ween, the Cars, They Might Be Giants, Zappa, and others, Mullinax has combined his interests and tastes in to 15 eclectic, wacky, and ultimately extremely entertaining songs that make up Stereo Space.
Mullinax nailed his description of his music, as each song is a mash up of various sounds, effects and instruments that blend perfectly to create unique songs. The album kicks off with “Absolute Zero” and a very cool instrumental intro, somewhat similar to early Nine Inch Nails, without as much angst.
“Ricochet” is next with a pulsating beat driving the song forward. “Owl Harvest” is a song of various noises, sounds, and sound effects over an awesome dreamlike beat.
“Repeat Defender” might be the most upbeat song on the album with instrumentation that would fit perfectly in to a video game or movie from the 80s, and I mean that in the best way possible. It’s impossible to not bob your head to this beat. The drums kick in around the one-minute mark along with a trippy, cool lead guitar.
“How Not To Be” is an up-tempo, grungy number with fuzzy guitars and a driving drum beat.
Track 10, “Hormones,” has a great Talking Heads vibe to it, with various voices yelling “I’m selfish!” over a quirky beat.
Admittedly, Stereo Space will probably not be for everybody. For some it might not be accessible enough, and for others they might just consider it weird. But from start-to-finish it is a great album filled with more influences, genres, and styles than you can count, and absolute repeat-ability.
You can stream and purchase Stereo Space, as well as Pilesar’s other albums, here.
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