Frustrator – “Anther”

“…Wandering singer-songwriter tunes with vast, ambient soundscapes to create something both rootsy and wide in scope. There’s an eerie depth to the sound that’s backed up really well by some of the vulnerability coming through the vocals and acoustic instrumentation.” – The Needle Drop

“…Lush, intimate, and hypnotic experimental-folk tracks make for a doozy of a listen.Anther is delicately structured, its songs built on stuttering and pitter-pattering beats, simple guitar melodies, multi-tracked vocals that often echo, bits of electronic jolts, and waves of gauzy reverb.” – Forbes

“stands as an amazing sound piece to the ever growing avant-garde ambient genre that is growing in popularity. Anther works masterfully to pull you in, and refuses to let you go. This is the one that got away, this is an LP that refuses to be forgotten and leaves an experience that very few artists can offer.” –

“Anther,” Frustrator’s ENEMIES LIST debut, is a glitchy, poppy, confusing, enigmatic, touching, beautiful record – much like the rest of Tei Blow’s output.

Blow – who makes his living providing sound design for the likes of Mikhail Baryshnikov and choreographer Annie-B Parson – is the consummate craftsman. He builds sounds and textures with such a deft, light touch that it can be easy to lose track of just how sophisticated his work is. The sounds and synths on this record whirr and hiss and buzz at just the right – what, volume? Frequency? Always just enough, always just so. You’re given the sense that you’re listening to something quite fragile, but quite beautiful, quite cared-for.

The sensibility also needs to be discussed. Blow’s work is often futuristic, abstract, hinting enough at traditional pop song structures and tropes that you can bob your head and hum along and get melodies stuck in your brain – but just enough. Into that perfect pop soundscape come traces of the avant-garde, of glitch and drone, of digital artifacts (which Blow likes to manipulate in his video work – see the performance art group, Royal Osiris Karaoke Enembleand some of his other video experiments) and effects. Always, though, we’re anchored to something familiar, like the pleasant, lullabye-like guitar on “Runwinter” – still just off-balance enough to keep us thinking.

I remember Tei as the first kid I knew who had a sampler, the first person I knew who knew anything about digital music, or synths, or anything. His room was always filled with gadgets and cables with no clear destination, broken parts and electronics and a computer that always had something cool running. He was always able to take those bits and pieces and turn them into something beautiful, perfectly assembled, like they’d been meant to go together all along.

Available on Black vinyl and Digitally.