Oakland synth artist Russell E.L. Butler used to record heavy acid jams with a punk aesthetic under the name Black Jeans, which is the guise I first saw him perform in at SXSW back in 2012. He's since delved further inside his machines, exploring a variety of techno expressions. "Blowing Trees," from his forthcoming Visions of the Future cassette release, finds him alighting on a simple flute-like melody that has enough charisma to carry the tune home.
"'Blowing Trees' is a track for the chillers," Butler told The FADER over email. "This is my most intimate and informal release thus far. The tracks were made in my living room, on a coffee table, with a modular synthesizer, a zoom recorder or tape deck, likely with Star Trek: The Next Generation on in the background. I've been really obsessed with designing flute sounds on the modular and was excited to create a sound that could morph from a woodwind type sound, to something more akin to a marimba. The title refers to the play between the two, or you know, something more obvious ;-)."
Jacktone Records will release Russell E.L. Butler’s Visions of the Future on April 20.