The Flashbulb: Opus At The End Of Everything

Benn Jordan has figured it out. This album represents the best balance of Jordan’s considerable skill set that he has released to date. Less blatantly jazzy than Love As A Dark hallway, Opus has subtle jazz flavoring throughout mixed impeccably with Jordan’s beats and keyboard work. Jordan’s guitar work and effects-laden vocals punctuate tracks as often as they provide fitting atmospherics. Opus is easily my favorite release by Jordan so far and I can only hope he tops this one with his next release.

http://theflashbulb.bandcamp.com/album/opus-at-the-end-of-everything

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Benn Jordan-Pale Blue Dot

Benn Jordan Pale Blue Dot:

Dedicated to astronomer Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot is a trance inducing¬† album well suited to thinking about the universe, and your place in it. Significantly more ambient than most of Jordan’s output, his arrangements contain less of the hyper-edited drum parts, and flashy soloing often found in material released under Jordan’s various pseudonyms.¬† Jordan’s knack for writing beautiful melodies and crafting elegant synthesizer sounds take the forefront on this release. Overall the mood is contemplative, encouraging a state of mind in which you deal with the big questions, rather than many ambient releases which tend to induce a state of relaxation. The music also evokes the same state of wonder as looking up at the stars as a kid or watching one of those Discovery Channel specials about super novas.¬† As with most of his releases this album explores a lot of interesting territory and uses electronic music to evoke real human emotion in a way that few others can.

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