Well, it certainly has been a while—fuck it, too long—since we last had a Mapzzz EP, but considering what we have here, we think it was damn well worth the wait. Pale Blue Dot is the brainchild of Oakland’s own Adam Myatt, a key affiliate of the Mapzzz crew and a tireless Oakland music man who has put in countless hours as one-half of James & Evander and served as a key member of Hoodcats, Empty Pockets, and a host of other projects. With Mapzzz EP19, Myatt debuts his latest synthy concoction, enlisting the aid of guitarist Jonny Latimer and bassist Andrew Macy (both of which are noteworthy Bay Area musicians in their own right) to craft spiraling pieces of space-age disco-pop as Pale Blue Dot. The EP’s two original tracks are fun and lighthearted instrumentals, but don’t let the playful melodies fool you—these are dense and engrossing tracks that gradually lead the listener from driving disco beats to stoney synthscapes with an understated ease. And just to make things that much sweeter, Shortcircles, another Oakland talent with close Mapzzz ties, has turned in a stellar remix to close the EP out. Furthermore, we’ve gone ahead and enlisted the talents of the one-and-only Liz Pavlovic to do our EP design work from here on out. Not a bad note to come back on, eh?
released 06 March 2013
All songs produced by Pale Blue Dot. Remix by Shortcircles. Artwrok by Liz Pavlovic