Pioneered by groups like Disco Biscuits and Lake Trout in the ’90s, today, in response to the growth in popularity and potential of Electronic music, EDM and other Dance forms in general, the Livetronica subgenre is one of the scene’s most prominent. It’s also just plain fascinating to hear how these musicians have adapted the coldness and rigidity of Electronica (another musical stereotype) to fit the Jam scene’s propensity for music that is warm and organic.
Papadosio is one of Livetronica’s current leading lights, known for its hypnotic aura and creative, inspired multimedia live shows, which are crafted with the band’s own lights and video backdrop designers.
Papadosio (which formed at Ohio University in the mid-’00s and currently resides in Asheville, N.C.) has been on an “album release” tour since August in support of its multifaceted double-album, T.E.T.I.O.S. (the title stands for To End the Illusion of Separation). On the epic recording, the five members (who, besides electronics, also play traditional instruments like bass, drums and guitar) vacillate between atmospheric dreamscapes, bluesy, shuffling Funk, Jazz-inspired noodling, glitchy freakouts and deep grooves, sounding like a dancefloor collaboration featuring Phish, Tangerine Dream, Fujiya & Miyagi, Yellowjackets, Yeasayer, Robert Fripp, M83 and Kraftwerk.
But the group’s most distinctive attribute is how well it uses vocals, something many Livetronica acts leave out completely. T.E.T.I.O.S. is at its best when a memorable melody pops up or when the members magically hit the kind of multipart harmonies that you’d expect to hear on a Grizzly Bear or Fleet Foxes album. Like the vocals, the album is loaded with pleasant surprises, not the least of which is the inclusion of an original piece of visual art crafted by various artists for each song on the album.
Papadosio’s attention to detail, desire to give fans an “experience” and musical curiosity have given its sound and presentation a striking eclecticism.
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