Born and raised in Washington D.C. but mostly based out of both New York and London these days, electronic producer Andrew Bayer came across my radar this year. Recording for Above & Beyond's influential Anjunabeats label, Bayer released his second full length in April, giving 2013 another first class electronic music full length.
If It Were You, We'd Never Leave is a musical journey, starting with "Opening Act" and finishing with, appropriately enough, "Closing Act". In between Bayer explores all manner of electronic music amongst the album's 16 total songs. Nothing is overly long here, most songs are in the three to four minute range, and it gives the album a nice flow, something mostly instrumental works sometimes struggle with.
If ambient/orchestral music is your thing, you'll find it on tracks like "Let's Hear That B Section Again!" and "All this Will Happen Again". Prefer darker, glitchy electronic? "Doomsday" and "It's Going To Be Fine" fit that bill. "Echo" and "You Are" are built around looped vocal samples with heavier, hip-hop beats. "Lose Sight" is another highlight, using Ane Brun's version of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" as its vocal hook. "Gaff's Eulogy" is a personal favorite, a magnificent, cinematic piece drenched in strings and piano. Bayer's skillfulness no matter the form of electronic music is on full display, a stunningly grand piece of work from start to finish.
Favorite tracks: "Gaff's Eulogy", "Lose Sight", "Farnsworth Court", "Let's Hear That B Section Again!"
If It Were You, We'd Never Leave was released April 22, 2013 via the Anjunabeats label.