Angelo Harmsworth’s last release, Untitled, had this cover that was basically just different shades of orange with what looked like etchings of white sticks on top of it. It felt like it was designed to be listened to exclusively between the hours of 5-7PM in the months of October and November, which, if I remember correctly, was more or less exactly when I listened to it. Harmsworth’s music falls into the rough space between digital chaos and frayed ambient, drawing warm tones from electronic equipment. It’s music that is as busy as it is soothing. If you’re into this sort of thing already, a touchstone would be Fennesz, who is an expert at making music that can be listened to in multiple ways at once. On his album Venice, songs are soothing as soon as you’re able to relegate them to the blurred edges of your mind. If you pay direct attention, the music can be overwhelming, like staring directly at the sun. Harmsworth hits on that gorgeous busyness with “Foreplay,” which comes from the cassette Silent Orgasm (out now on Bathetic), and which may or may not feature a Patrick Nagel illustration on the cover.
Download: Angelo Harmsworth, “Foreplay”