Based in Los Angeles, record label Non Projects offers a small but respectable roster of artists dabbling in “imaginative works of art and sound.” While the landscape of ‘electronic’ music that the label encompasses is rather idiosyncratic (isn’t all music electronic these days in some form or another?) the variety and quality presented in their releases is significant.
Anenon, the recording moniker of consummate musician and Non Projects co-founder Brian Allen Simon, represents one such offering. I was enamored with the three cuts from Anenon’s first release, a split EP with labelmate Asura. Fast-forward to March 2012, Anenon’s gorgeous Acquiescence EP, produced in a week from recordings made during a month-long stint in Madrid (spent touring and attending the Red Bull Music Academy), further develops Anenon’s subtle pastiche of ambient textures, asymmetrical arrangement and at times jazz-like instrumentation.
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There is a certain fearlessness— a sort of assured nonchalance present in Anenon’s work that’s difficult to pin down, but that in no small part reinforces its sonic appeal. On the surface, his music might draw comparisons to veteran IDM ambassadors Four Tet or Burial perhaps. There’s a tincture of dubstep there to be sure, but unlike fellow up and comers James Blake, Mount Kimbie, or even alt hip-hop producer au courant, Clams Casino, Anenon’s songs seem to be less about beats + vocals and more about the spaces in between.
Ultimately intended as a companion piece to Anenon’s forthcoming Inner Hue LP (dropping May 1st), the 5-track Acquiescence is nevertheless a solid release. Suffice it to say, I am excited to see whether his full-length record will pick up where the EP left off. Have a listen to the first “single” from Inner Hue — “This Is What I Meant”, and check out the album’s video trailer below.