Saturday, April 21, 2018

Numb.er - track "A Memory Stained" from the "Goodbye" album

Numb.er is the band / project of L.A. photog and visual artist Jeff Fribourg. When I first listened to the track A Memory Stained there is a thick synth and bass prog that made me think of the Cars but Numb.er veers darker. Plush droning synths and high on the neck bass notes dropping dangerously low with filtered vocals make me feel a homage to 80's synth rock stalwarts like Gary Numan, Cabaret Voltaire, and Killing Joke all blended together (whether it is there or not).  Influences aside, it is evocative stuff that creates a dark brooding aesthetic. Love this stuff. The new album "Goodbye" drops on May 25th. Cool.
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Robb Donker

PRESS NOTES:

Fribourg developed his love affair with synthesizers -- and his open-minded approach to music -- as a founding member of LA psych-kraut favorites Froth. However, it was only with the creation of Numb.er that he was able to fully explore his eclectic musical inclinations. Combining elements of punk, shoegaze and post-punk, the project never commits to a singular worldview, allowing Fribourg’s vision to go anywhere without sounding ironic or forced.

With the release of Goodbye, Numb.er offers a genre-defying sonic document that finds them maximizing the creative potential of the studio while always remaining true to their dynamic and arresting live sound. Mixed and mastered by Mikey Young of Total Control, Numb.er takes a carefully orchestrated approach to chaos and adds Fribourg’s own subtle knack for memorable hooks and soft, melodic passages.