The long awaited studio album Solar by Maceo Plex has finally arrived. It’s the first LP in five years from Eric Estornel, who also produces under the aliases Mariel Ito and Maetrik, and is the culmination of 2015’s two track ‘Solar Sampler’ and last year’s seven track ‘Journey To Solar’ releases.
The album lands on his newly established record label, Lone Romantic. Lone Romantic will focus mainly on albums and releasing more left-field style singles. The album, which was named after his son Solar, boasts a surprising amount of vocals and explores influences of techno, electronic, breaks, and more.
Solar allows Maceo Plex to explore the styles of music usually not heard in a club, using the longer format to tell a tale with his music. Some of the tracks on the LP, however, are still suitable for club situations. Take the opening track, for example. ‘Sparks of Life’ has an elongated intro, that settles in to a nice rolling drum fill suited for rattling off the walls of larger venues.
Tracks like ‘Indigo’, which features Jono McCleery, venture in to the moodier side of Erik’s musical expression. Maceo Plex takes an introspective approach and bears a show-all mentality in order to leave it all on the musical canvas.
‘Kepler’s Journey’ starts with a break beat rhythm that quietly works in to an astral body of work. Before long, the listener is shot in to outer space and drenched in twinkling synth patterns with a soft back bone.
‘Lucid Dreamer’ sees a return to some more of the club-ready influences experienced early on in the LP. A solid three-minute long progression leads in to a hollowed out synth that bounces around the low end of the record while a swift percussive beat plays almost straight through.