The sprawling arrangements on Thavius Beck's Mush debut burrow into the brain with a mix of melodic samples, chopped breaks, pulsating synths, and head-swirling delay, and then morph into genre-bending sound paintings adorned with hallucinogenic vocal samples. Four full vocal tracks-- "Open Your F*cking Eyes" (featuring vocals by Thavius Beck himself), "June Gloom" (vocals by Subtitle), "Amongst the Shadows" (vocals by Cedric Bixler-Zavala of Mars Volta), and "Demons of Destruction" (vocals by Longevity of Darkleaf)-- are right at home among instrumental tracks that are as densely layered and well crafted as modern electronic music. Decomposition is worthy of extended headphone listening. Indulge.
Composer of mercurial soundtracks for uncertain times, Thavius Beck conjoins various strains of electronic music to arrive at a daringly ambitious sound. He has received recognition in Spin, The Wire and URB for his solo releases under the moniker Adlib, his work with Los Angeles crew and numerous guest appearances that include spots on Omid's Beneath the Surface and Freestyle Fellowship's Ancient Art of Adlibing. An exceptional programmer, engineer and multi-instrumentalist, Thavius Beck's many talents allow him to take a song from idea to completion without ever having to leave his cluttered studio. Uncompromising vision and an ear for the unusual are staples of this writer/producer's work.