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Actress: “X22RME” (AZD, Ninja Tune 2017)

I’ve always felt conflicted about Actress’s music, simultaneously fascinated by his willingness to chase whatever tangent strikes him in a way that feels spontaneous and pure, while frustrated by what often feel like ideas that could have been developed further or refined. But I do like much of his album from this year, even as it exudes all of those qualities and then some. That its video feels as dissociative is somehow perfect, opaque metaphors for alien sounds.