A beach smiles behind tinted shades, laid out ‘til sunburn under a blanket of sea drift. The tint is pool blue. Pool blue stains every grain of sand. A handsome youth rolls the rod of an umbrella downward, deeper and deeper into the soft sand.
A ship from the Two of Pentacles’ roller coaster ocean sails parallel to the left dimple of the smiling beach. We feel the moon bounce off the turbulence, yet we are at ease, completely unwound. The turbulence is manageable at mid-tempo - easy to trace, easy to handle. Ivy Leaguers stroll by, passing bottles of anotec back and forth.
From an airplane window, we see it all. Jacuzzi bubbles rabidly possess us, then eliminate choice. The only thing left to do is unwind further, deeper and deeper, as we sip tropical algicides and take in the scenery.
Remember hearing the first How To Dress Well track and feeling like you were listening to the next step in music? And then this year he pops off his third album What Is This Heart?, and your immediate reaction was, “THIS fucking guy doing the same thing, again?” Then PC Music comes along, A. G. Cook starts slaying all ideals of progression in music, makes the sleaziest and crispest sugar-pop, and then recognizes an opportunity like remixing “Repeat Pleasure” into something WAY more.
Granted, the remix couldn’t be possible without that typical How To Dress Well touch, but “Repeat Pleasure” should have been produced BY A. G. Cook, or the entirety of What Is This Heart? produced by PC Music associates, on the whole. Like, don’t get me wrong, I ain’t a fascist, but shouldn’t people who’ve made the same album over and over look for their level-up moment immediately and/or eventually? How can you actively be within the arts as a “professional” without listening past your own nonsense? Isn’t this how regurgitation begins? #babybirdR&B
A. G. Cook changed how I listen to music about a year ago. Beyond that, I expect music now to be on the same playing field as PC Music. Not exactly glitzed and randomized as collective fronts sonically, but definitely utilizing psyche-breaking atmospheres that build a love-or-hate-it world within all listeners. Is this music funny? Can I appreciate the time it took to make this track? It’s like comparing the entirety of Yeezus’ lyrics to the instrumentals. Or the dynamic between creativity and what makes money. Which wins?
FUCK YOU, A. G. Cook has, JUST DID, and will continue to obliterate minds until the next-best-thing comes about. Maybe that next-best-thing is an in-collaboration A. G. Cook-produced How To Dress Well album. We just want what’s best for ourselves in the end, no?
BaeBae EP is out now <3<br />
If you like this release, make sure and show Maxo, HYDRABADD, some love on ALL the social networks! You can be our bae too <3<br />
cover art by Catt Moop (1/2 of HYDRABADD)
check out @maxoelectronic and @HYDRABADD for their remixes :)