The opening track of Human Energy – Lapis – starts with the electronic equivalent of tightening a guitar string to a tautness so precarious that the slightest tweak will cause the strain to become too much for it. This is indicative of Travis Stewart’s desire to pack as much action into Human Energy as possible, infiltrating its spasmodic synthtronica grooves with twitching, agitated percussion and broken beats. The pace is maintained pretty much throughout the album’s runtime, and Stewart’s penchant for speeding up music without necessarily firing the BPM to giddy stratospheres is testament to his production zeal. The album’s runtime is relatively short, with its fifteen tracks – none of which threaten the four-minute mark – racing each other to an imaginary finish line. Stewart has enlisted the services of several vocalists of an R&B ilk to add a more radio-friendly feel as well as structural steel to the otherwise frantic procession of convulsive electronics, but this is a dizzying listen that is ultimately erratic, but enjoyable.
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