The latest effort from Ann Arbor’s Macklin Underdown hit me like a ton of bricks, and I haven’t been able to stand up straight since. Taking experimental electronic one step further and turning it into more of a performance piece, “I Am Alone Child” is weaved with a complexity of hip hop beats, looped harmonies and rippling percussion, all on this beautiful grand scale. You can’t help but feel like you are watching a Broadway show unfold in front of you. At the 2:40 mark, you see the curtains pull back and pure brilliance shine down from the playhouse lights.
Macklin says this track was just a little sumpn’ sumpn’ for all the folks that bought his Hysteria EP, that dropped last October via Speaker Snacks Records. I highly recommend you check it out as a prequel to the full length fthrsn record currently in the works, that he plans to release later this year.
So what’s next for the University of Michigan student? If you guessed live performances that include other Ann Arbor faves, Kohwi and Subvader, back up musicians playing keys and percussion, along with a team of ten dancers, you guessed right. Sounds amazing already. Oh and in case the name Macklin Underdown sounds familiar, he also runs the fantastic blog Zentapes and plays in the band Gunlake. I suggest you get familiar with this name. Guy is going places.
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