On Seattle-based Pillar Point’s self-titled debut album, the moody, melancholy electronica is the work of Throw Me the Statue founder Scott Reitherman. Far more intimate than anything he’s done previously, Reitherman’s personal struggles add lyrical depth to dance floor-ready beats and “…splices M83 and Washed Out with glorious results” The Line of Best Fit // Comparisons to artists as varied as Paul Simon and Elliott Smith. It’s all in a day’s work for the Bay Area’s Pillar Point. The project of solo musician and electronic zeitgeist Scott Reitherman; the man himself admits that “part of what steered me toward the textures and beats of dance music was the feeling of catharsis you can experience through dance.”
Despite Pillar Point’s fascination with dance music, to us this pop bonanza sounds more like the aforementioned Smith being hunted by a particularly aggressive Postal Service; fresh and vibrant, but also melancholy and prone to hysteria. A healthy slice of 80s synth also decorates Pillar Point’s new track “Eyeballs”. In keeping with this year’s Tips for 2014; it’s a solid entrance from a solo musician who will more than likely impress over the course of the next twelve months.
Tracklist: Diamond Mine / Eyeballs / Cherry / Black Hole / Strangers in Paradise / Dreamin’ / Touch / Curious Of You / Echoes
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