||5X5 CD (2006) |
Exaltron CD discography Multi-threat producer, instrumentalist, and vocalist, exaltron is a force to be reckoned with. Armed with electronically fortified trumpet and guitar as well as mad laptop skills and tongue-twisting lyrics, he unleashes an impressive blitzkreig of gargantuan beats, jazzy vocal harmonies, zeppelinesque guitar riffs, electronic textures and spitfire rhymes, all sewn together with skillful production and songcrafting.
Over two years in the making, his latest CD, 5x5 represents the official release of exaltron 2.
0: improvisational musicborg and objectivist MC. Six epic songs find exaltron dropping dense, inspired lyrics, all centered around his passion for freedom, reason, technology and human possibility. On previous instrumental outings, exaltron focused on weaving together complex electronic textures inspired as much by drum n bass and electro as by latin and cuban rhythms, along with imaginative improvisations on guitar and trumpet. 5 by 5 combines these funkitronic textures with massive hip-hop beats, tasty horn riffs, searing guitar solos, and obsessively intricate wordsmithing. He tosses out the typical hip-hop formula of one-beat-one-chorus, instead gleefully expanding on melodic and lyrical themes to spin out intense, multi-layered musical confections.
At the heart of exaltron's aesthetic is an unholy melding of old-school hip-hop flavors with "sense-of-life" lyrics inspired by the Russian novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand. With lyrics that run the gamut from solemn passion to inspired silliness, exaltron touches on a wild diversity of topics: The founding fathers, Malthusian economics, classic cars, religious dogma, British culinary maven Nigella Lawson, the french libertarian activist group Liberte J'ecris ton Nomme, and countless others are ground up and formed into spicy lyrical meatballs.
In performance, exaltron builds wall-of-sound grooves and burbling pointillistic stews of electronic blips and bleeps over which he lays generous shards of trumpet and guitar. Blurring the line between composition and improvisation, he blends spontaneous jams into intricate premeditated compositions.
In his own words:
as I strive so I reap the rewardsLilliputians try to tether but I cut the cordswith the sword of the righteous I fight this injusticesuckers of all stripes bow down when I bust thisgermicide on a worldwide levellayin waste with the bass and the treblelead-belly beats pushin decibalsand on the spreadsheets we're movin decimals