I’ve been sitting on the new Digits EP for way too long. When I first heard Hold it Close almost two years ago, I was impressed by the chilly, Erlend Oye influenced bedroom compositions and over the last few months I’ve been consistently revisiting his latest efforts with the intention of posting.
Please don’t mistake my laziness for Digits’ lack of quality. Lost Dream (which you can download for free, here) is a solid collection of stripped down electro pop, one that feels more substantial than you’d assume on first listen. Alt doesn’t crowd the arrangements with an overwhelming supply of blips and beeps. His signature palette consists of muted greys and his canvas decorated with a minimalist’s touch, letting the pause between beats deliver the impact. Chic and modern, the slick results are much more suited his introspective, personal lyrics.
Obviously, Altman is most at home when things are dark and moody, but Lost Dreams is not without splashes of color and warmth. On the second track, “Rachel Marie”, Alt sings of a love driven by a
goth club ready thumper. The four-minutes showcase his programming touch but also shows that Altman isn’t fixated with icy tones and frozen tundra. Considering how enjoyable the first three songs on the EP are, it’s impressive that the most enjoyable moment is the surprising, fleshed out conclusion to “Desire.”
MP3:: Digits - Lost Dream
MP3:: Digits - Rachel Maria