Niche Productions Present
NOSAJ THING Tickets
8:00pm, Tue 24 April, 2018
Howler, MELBOURNE, VIC
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Emotion vs. technology. Soul vs. machines. Beauty vs. dissonance. Dystopia or paradise? Love or regret? Nostalgia vs. right now. Paranoia. Acceptance. These are among the various binary flavors that Jason Chung explores on Parallels, the fourth full album released under Chung's distinctive moniker, Nosaj Thing. Masterfully dimensional, Parallels represents the acclaimed Los Angeles-based electronic producer/composer/performer's most diverse, vital work yet. As such, Chung sees Parallels represents a kind of redemptive rebirth. The album's compellingly elusive, uncategorizable sonics developed out of what he terms a personal & musical "identity crisis." "My previous records reflected the anxiety of living inside my own imagination," Chung explains. "For Parallels, I went outside of that: it's all about trying new things, creating new worlds. In the past year, I faced up to my own internal struggles & became more social. This allowed me to jump styles & genres - exploring different emotions and sounds beyond what I'd done before. I'd make something ambient and cinematic, and then create a dancefloor beat, along with a broken hip-hop groove - and then try to make them work together." According to Chung, working with a group of collaborators on Parallels that combined both longtime friends and new creative partners added "new energy which pushed me not to limit myself. Everything felt fresh and alive." The title Parallels in fact evokes the intense, intimate duality Nosaj Thing and his collaborators share. Chung is known specifically for his innovative, unexpected musical pairings: Kid Cudi hit up on Nosaj Thing via his MySpace page in 2006, resulting in Chung producing Cudi's autobiographical classic "The Man on the Moon." Kendrick Lamar flowed over Nosaj's ethereal boom bap to create the YouTube gem "Cloud 10"; Chance the Rapper, meanwhile, freaked a Nosaj beat for his 2013 breakout masterpiece "Paranoia" and appeared on Nosaj Thing's previous LP, 2015's Fated. Chung and Blonde Redhead vocalist Kazu Makino are also longtime creative partners on each other's work; her voice appears on Parallels as an otherworldly spirit animating the icily '80s-synthetic "How We Do.