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Make Your Particles Shake - Meet Firs

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A few weeks ago, I walked into the Bootleg Theater and was hit with a wall of sound. I had to take a step back and ran over my teeth with my tongue to make sure my fillings were still in place. With all of my molecules a-quiverin' in perfect unison, I ventured deeper into the theater and was surprised to find only two men on stage one armed with only a keyboard and a laptop and a the other with a drum kit making some of the most beautiful, swirling, electro-ambient music I've heard in quite sometime.

Due to the set up of the venue, I perched on a bar stool and soaked up the vibe, but given my druthers I would have been lying on the floor, feeling the vibrations seep through my clothes and into my body. (In fact, if you're listening to this tune at work you should do just that. Crawl under your desk and turn it all the way up on your headphones. It sounds better.) Or better yet, just head over to the Silverlake Lounge this evening and hear it live. I'm sure they won't mind if we all lie on the floor.

After the set I met Firs (or as he's normally known Jonathan D. Haskell) and we had a long chat about his debut EP, New Hope in Soft Light. Here is some of what was said.

Firs - New Hope In Soft Light