I know I can be a bit hyperbolic about the music I review (blame it on being passionate about others’ creative endeavors), but here’s a statement I say with the utmost confidence: DROELOE are one of the most unique electronic acts in the game. I had the pleasure of seeing them live alongside San Holo earlier this year, and with all due respect to their bitbird label boss, they were the undisputed highlight of the night. Not only did their original tunes absolutely slay a packed Exchange crowd, but their visual presence was astounding; backed by towering graphics with an indescribable amount of depth as their signature skull circled throughout various landscapes, they provided a hypnotizing experience usually reserved for established industry juggernauts.
Their debut EP, A Moment In Time, takes the creative conception on display at Exchange and channels it into a subdued yet nuanced approach that fleshes out their ever-evolving world of sight and sound. Led by immediately recognizable synthesizers with a warped edge, the five-track release winds through glitchy, ultra-melodic territory where a sense of wonder is the status quo. Just as DROELOE know how to engage with thousands of ravers in a high-energy Los Angeles club, they know how to engage the sole listener at home with headphones on, sinking away into an audible fantasyland that somehow feels like home.
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