Inspired Electronic Grooves from New Hampshire. - fiveighthirteen: early winter late day sun
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posted 25 Sep 2021 by Krister Axel
With equal footing in the realms of jazz, electronica, indie rock, and ambient music, fiveighthirteen invents a moody and surprising world of swirling electronic ephemera.

fiveighthirteen is a psychedelic downtempo group from Dover, New Hampshire, that specializes in live performance. They began with an interest in improvisation and reverse-engineering electronic music that was traditionally created in the studio, subsequently working towards bringing it to the stage, with band members assuming the roles of sequencers and drum machines. Drawing inspiration from a diverse range of electronic artists — Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Bjork, and Radiohead among them — fiveighthirteen has found a unique sonic identity in their unabashed love for hardware samplers, tape delays, and oilcan delays.

"A Fever of Rays" is their newest work and it showcases an inveterate respect for the sounds of nature as the bellow of frogs, birds, and wild outdoor spaces were given the same status as electric guitars and analog synths. Human voices were taken from the band’s own field recordings as well as vintage tapes borrowed from the dawn of audio technology. With equal footing in the realms of jazz, electronica, indie rock, and ambient music, fiveighthirteen invents a moody and surprising world of swirling electronic ephemera, bringing musique concrète alongside the spirited wailing of John Coltrane as a blueprint for their analog grooves. "early winter late day sun" is the final track of their full-length opus and captures the essence of their fresh and nuanced musical aesthetic — marrying a slick snare drum shuffle with layers of warm keyboard delay, mercurial octaves from the acoustic piano, and a lightly overdriven jazz guitar.

The name fiveighthirteen comes from the first three non-consecutive numbers in the infinite Fibonacci series where the last letter of each number is the first letter of the next. Consistent with the next number in the series which is 21, the date 8.13.21 saw a limited release of just a few hundred double LPs — commemorating the final Fibonacci date this century. Encoded numerologies of this sort appear all across the record.

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Krister Bjornson Axel

Ogdensburg, New York

Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist