Pitch Black Prism
2014 release, the fifth solo album from the rapper and Anticon Records owner. Every year requires winter records - those sounds one reaches for when cyclical freeze triggers a craving for icy synthesizers and sinister drums. This is where one finds Alias's PITCH BLACK PRISM, an alternately bleak and beautiful album built for headphones and hailstorms. Few places boast a more severe climate than Maine, the artist's home state, with it's ominous forests and jagged coastlines. Listeners can feel the climate and geography exerting brutal force to the contours of PITCH BLACK PRISM. It's little wonder Alias's closest stylistic peers are Burial, Boards of Canada and Aphex Twin - all of whom hail from England, land of the cadaver-colored sky. PITCH BLACK PRISM Is a stunning follow-up to 2011's critically successful FEVER DREAM. 2008's RESURGAM won similar raves.