When Jeff Hartford, best known as Attlas, mysteriously arrived on mau5trap’s label in 2015 he took the world by surprise. At first we questioned whether Attlas was Deadmou5’s own side project, as his production level resembled the goat lord’s own impeccable sound. While both Canadian natives, Attlas is definitely not Deadmou5, and his distinct melodic style bloomed under mau5trap’s direction. Now, after five years Attlas has finally released his debut album Lavender God. Filled with tranquil and serene vibes, Lavender God will have you spellbound in a peaceful daydream. Listen to the album on your favorite streaming service or in full below!
While mostly instrumental, Lavender God is curated in a cinematic touch, showcasing Attlas’s technical composure background. Only two incredible vocalists feature on this dreamy LP, MAYLYN in Half Light and The Naked and Famous‘s own Alisa Xayalith in Hotel. Each track contains its own emotive theme, giving the listener a sense of purposeful reflection. Attlas balances his LP with tracks lengths that vary as much as their constructs, with some resonating deeper than others. Beginning Lavender God with Shatter feels like an orchestrated welcoming, whereas Sinner Complicated dives deep into a dynamic beat that will resonate within.
Despite staying quiet for most of 2019 production wise, Attlas was hard at work building this stunning album. The ideals behind this work of art were best interpreted by Attlas himself in Lavender God‘s original press release.
“The album is me trying to learn who I am and tell my story through music, which has given me so much and has been a home for me: a place to create, a shelter from the storm, and a launch pad into the greatest adventure of my life.”
Since Lavender God dropped in January and quarantine soon followed, Attlas hasn’t revealed any new projects. As low key of a release as it was, Attlas did drop his mashup track feel lines (not feelin it no more) on his Soundcloud mid March. While on lockdown he’s jumped on the live streaming trend, directing his efforts towards various relief funds. Namely, the Italian event brand Recall enlisted Attlas on volumes two and three of their Recall Connects Home Music series. All donations raised went towards the INMI Spallanzani in Rome to support intensive care efforts and research in response to the virus.
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