Other Directions – EP
Release date: Jun 12, 2012
Earnest Blount is Ian Simon, another genre-confounding producer out of the WEDIDIT Collective, and a recent signee to Teaching Machine, Strangeloop's bourgeoning audio-visual imprint. Simon goes beyond the pinioned conceptions of the "beat-scene", fusing organic textures with synthesized elements, and employing (in his own words) "layers of unfolding chords and equations and watnot paired with improvised melodic fragments", where indeterminacy, appropriation, and compositional authority become one and the same.
Chiefly described in terms of his pronounced jazz influence, Simon is a long time associate of pianist Austin Peralta (of Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint); the two began playing together in high school in Los Angeles, where Simon also met fellow WEDIDIT members Shlohmo, Groundislava, and others. Along with forthcoming recorded collaborations between the two, Simon is a member of Peralta's band, DEATHGASM, featuring Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.
Now studying at Columbia in NYC, Simon is exploring ownership and authorship in his new musical endeavors. His debut EP, Extended Sound Play, was independently released through WEDIDIT in March 2010. His follow up EP, Other Directions, moves (as the name would suggest) to new terrain, showcasing his absorption of juke tempos and syncopation, chopped RnB vocals, and his usual chordal density.
- 1. You Tope, Ya?
- 2. Topgurl (Jondy's Lady)
- 3. Other Directions
- 4. Looseleaf Head-Full