Harmonious Discord 017 PointBender- Sifting Through Circuits
1. No Kiss
2. Sly Operator
3. Vibe Monster
4. Tv Pill
5. Hero Belt
6. The Red Eye
Harmonious Discord is proud to present the debut album from Grey music member and label front-man Sean Anderson aka PointBender. In early 2007 Sean started performing a loopy, fun, improve based live performance act that was focused on very basic techno music with an underlying twist of sharpness and tech accents. A lot of the early song creations came from experiments that Sean had during his live shows. In 2008, Sean decided to make PointBender his main music project and from that came a string of Ep’s, remixes, and live shows. Much like the label, the project kept true to estranged noises and complex soundscapes that culminate into an overall dance-floor experience like no other. This album covers all shades of PointBender, from deep offerings that explode in headphones to dance floor rompers that tingle with insanity.
No Kiss starts us off with a super moody interlude that draws you in. Do not operate machinery while this ones on, a nice sci-fi beginning to the LP. Sly Operator swoops in to shake you back to life with some punchy Plastic City-ish tech house and moogy lead synth line which pierces the midnight air. Vibe Monster is another hip shaker with cascading vibe trills and bouncy bass that steps up and down to pierce your center of gravity. Vibe Monster breaks into swirls of drunken Rhodes conversations that get vacuumed into the return of the smooth beat and bass line. TV Pill features the return on Grey vocalist and purveyor off all things creepy Professor Diabolicas. A homage to the hours wasted away staring at flashy images displayed by everyone’s favorite vacuum tube. Tv Pill is a techno floor banger with lots of disruptive static and thick rigid bass tones. This tune reminds us all the bliss gained by turning our brain off and embracing the moving picture images. Hero Belt takes us from Detroit to Berlin by way of a 303 reminiscent undertow groove and driving closed hi-hat and dubby repetitive keys. The Red Eye is pure Berlin-ish bliss with hypnotic repetitive tones in different octaves and a punchy bass. It has a tenseness to it and is definitely a building, moody bitch. It’s a walk down a dark hallway with things jumping out at you. One for you Coccoon Rec fans.
PointBender (Harmonious Discord/Guidance/Chalant)
Pointbender is the solo project of Grey (Guidance/Fair Park/MVM) music member and Harmonious Discord label owner Sean Anderson.
In 2000, Sean began producing tracks with Eric Reeves under the “Grey” moniker. In 2002, Grey released their first project on the highly acclaimed label “Guidance”– a release that was featured on Miami CSI, MTV’s Road Rules and the Real World. Less than a year later, Grey would open up for John Tejeda at the Homebar and release 5 singles on various imprints.
Grey continued to release tracks between 2003 and 2006 on Blunted Funk, Deepness, Boogie Basics, and their own label, Harmonious Discord. A move to Austin prompted Sean to start producing under Pointbender as an outlet for simple/fun techno music focused on analog devices and strange dissonance.
Sean Anderson’s various music projects have been performed around the world to cities including Toronto, Helsinki, Marseilles, London, Berlin, LA, San Francisco, New York, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Miami, Detroit, Chicago, and all over Texas. Although considered “tech house” by most, Pointbender’s Live PA performances incorporate a wide range of electronica genres and styles–from techno to house to minimal– that blend seamlessly to create what he calls “epic nonsense.”