The mysterious Strangeloop met Brainfeeder label boss Flying Lotus back in their days at the Academy of Arts in San Francisco, where they bonded over an appreciation of avant-garde film and obscure electronic music.

Having taken to VJing as an outlet for his love of abstract visuals, Strangeloop's work has accompanied live sets by the various members of the Brainfeeder roster such as Flying Lotus himself, Samiyam, The Gaslamp Killer and other beat makers like Kode 9, Joker and Dorian Concept.

Strangeloop showcases his music production skills, and true to the art of VJing it's a versatile, freeform stream of different narrative subsections and episodes. His performance has been called "the next step in the evolution of performance, fusing sonics, narrative, and visuals into an overwhelming hyper-sensory experience" by Mary Anne Hobbs.

Rather than trying to compete in the heaviness stakes with his labelmates, there's a fluctuating, filmic quality to Strangeloop's music. Scratchy old piano recordings instill a sense of minor key melodrama while noisy electronic tones and thumbed piano twangs snake around the mix forming clusters of melody, but the most surprising constituent in this soupy barrage would be the drums. Beats dissolve into the production with a thrashy finesse, contributing to a mood that's comparable with the free-thinking hip hop variants of Four Tet or Dosh.

Strangeloop's concept album Fields is due for release on Brainfeeder on July 26, 2011.

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Strangeloop - LA-based astral projectionist, VJ and musician.
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