Abandoned Mall Utopia
Label: Ghostly International
On Jakub Alexander's debut album as Heathered Pearls, 2012's Loyal, the Moodgadget label founder traced ethereal shapes with field recordings and watery loops of synthesizer, but his 2015 followup is made of tougher stuff. Crisp machine beats inspired by Actress and the Kompakt label take tunes like "Sunken Living Area" and "Perfume Catalogue" skulking deep into the night in search of dance-floor communion. Ambient songs like "Artificial Foliage," referencing the Cocteau Twins' swirling atmospherics, speak to more private moments, when the sun is coming up.