Album Review: Adventure – Weird Work




Adventure is the Baltimore based project of (solo artist) Benny Boeldt best described as computer music with a sense of humor. An achievement reached by straddling the fence of the IDM (“Intellectual Dance Music”) and chiptune (vintage arcade samples) movements, creating a frenetic brand of electronic music that is neither too pretentious nor too obnoxious.

Weird Work is less synthesized and more nuanced than their previous works; a refreshing move since there’s plenty of diversity to hear. Take “Laser Blast”, with it’s skittering beats playing etudes on steroids and “Flower”, which is kind of an island jam with its slow motion transitions and grand pitch changes. Elsewhere, “Reality Shift” has a whiff of dub-step versus the subtle chimes on “Nervous”.

If you’re from Baltimore, you may recognize the ambience of Ecstatic Sunshine on here. If you’re from anywhere else, you’ll hear the influence of Aphex Twin. Unlike Adventure’s 2011 release, Lesser Known, this LP is entirely instrumental. Yet it doesn’t lose any of its charm. “Alone” is meticulous and fun. It reminds me VCR machine come to life (for some reason, I imagine it dancing around my basement). The sample is actually from a Square Enix-style video game soundtrack.

According to Boeldt, the LP was borne out of “confusion, doubt … and losing control”. The gloom doesn’t translate here, especially as the last three songs spell out “Constantly” “Catching” “Happiness”, which seems like the weltanchuaang of this album, but perhaps it was also Boeldt’s emotional salve. “Happiness”, the first single and last on the album, is replete with whooshing effects, like a lost banshee bumping into things. There’s also a Church organ sound paired with a beatbox, which is honestly reason enough to give Weird Work a spin.

Essential Tracks: “Happiness”, “Laser Blast”