LA-based Cliff Dweller, a sonic and visual project by Ari Balouzian and friends, announces the release of their Perch Verdad EP on Rebel. Combining analog and digital, art and music, and organic and electronic, the five-track EP--including a remix from hotly tipped Baltimore beatmaker Ricky Eat Acid--truly fuses the best of both creative worlds for the aesthetically-minded listener.
A classically trained violist, multi instrumentalist and music producer, Balouzian isn't shy of incorporating his wide spectrum of influences into a Cliff Dweller output that is all at once warm and melancholy. With the entire EP totaling just over ten minutes, each track seems much like a vignette of sound, rich with emotion and the nostalgia of analog influence. Included in Cliff Dweller's four original mixes are accordions, piano, funky basslines, claps, vocal layering and plenty of rich elements one can't immediately identify -- which is a testament to the mastery of sonic trickery this project has up its sleeve.
Ricky Eat Acid, though hailing from the opposite coast as Cliff Dweller, provides a fitting complement to the package in his remix of the title track. The mix sees a strip-down the original's moody elements and building on them with a more commanding beat, electronic plinks making for a contemporary yet reminiscent take on a release already full of brilliant duality.
released February 6, 2012
Originals written by Ari Balouzian
Artwork: Brian Vu
Mastering: Lajos Nadhazi & Kristof Ambrozy