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Black Light Smoke

In Gold

Scissor & Thread
Enveloping vibes from Brookyln's Scissor & Thread via Black Light Smoke, the alias of Jordan Lieb, who also moonlights as an Emmy-winning composer for film and TV. We'd stick to this sort of thing, to be honest. 'In Gold' has a hollow Juno bassline and grand, sweeping atmospherics; 'City Life' is thick with the hum of hardware, vocals distant and soulful; 'Make My Peace' also busts out those Juno vibes, the distortion only barely controlled; and 'Up In This' lightens the mood, classic Roland drums pinning down ethereal pads. Lastly, 'Without You' builds to a devastating mid-way climax. It oozes class.