Artifacts

comment
Artifacts
Composer: Aether
Conductor: Aether
Label: Exponential
Release Date: 2009-01-28
Rated: NONE
Genre: Recording

Local hip-hop producer Diego Chavez’s first solo outing creates a MacBook-powered soundscape that falls quietly between Handsome Boy Modeling School (minus humor) and Brian Eno (minus sleepiness). After the first two tracks I gave up on waiting for Chavez to treat the special guest vocals as anything other than another instrument.

Aether chooses to showcase his own talent for turning lo-fi samples into a well-mixed wall of sound instead of relying on name-dropping to move you. Even though much of Artifacts is nearly ambient, the tracks are enthralling, if not quite danceable, like that quiet you feel right before a storm. Artifacts is the perfect album for driving in the heavy rains sure to hit us in a few months. For a good intro, download his remix of Lykke Li’s “Little Bit” (not on Artifacts), or try Artifacts’ “Orfeu Negro.”

Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.