Los Angeles DJ, the Gaslamp Killer released his debut EP, My Troubled Mind in August 2009. The one sheet for his EP says he “experiments with freak-out synth effects and analog delays.” I had to listen to this EP if only for the reason it was described in those terms. I also had to listen because the music on his MySpace is sonic brilliance.
My Troubled Mind features seven songs, and each one is a dreamy experience. From Intro A’s evocation of a 70s cop movie soundtrack to Birthday’s I am falling into the quicksand of my troubled mind, it’s an EP of strange, stimulating sounds. Anything Worse offers a glimpse into an Ed Wood movie with its hovering, flying saucer like noises and metallic, scraping beat. Ruski Electric’s helicopter susurration is a near update of A Clockwork Orange. Another track, Baiafro seems to include whale noises. The EP is certain and filmic.