John Tejada – Parabolas review

Thirty seconds in and I’ve already fallen. Fallen for the mathematical term-named album, Parabolas from John Tejada.

“Farther & Fainter” gave me a positive impression immediately. I felt like I was behind the scenes of a fashion show–the beat was perfect for the posh sashay of a runway model, posing for the flash of myriad cameras.

Or could I have been shopping at Nordstroms, picking out cardigans in the Brass Plumb section?

Either place, the beat is cool enough to be that funky background music that makes you want to ask, “Who is this?” because you’d be so quick to and find a place from which to download the first track off of the Parabolas. Then check out the rest of the music.

“Mechanized World” was an interplay of sounds and effects that lived up to the song title (“Timeless Space lived up to its title, too. But not in the most positive way. You get lost in it, and maybe that was the intent, but not a highlight. It was amusing to listen to as well.

I’ve got a wandering mind, and the music made the wandering less aimless and more focused, as if there were a method to the madness, but it wasn’t worth it to wax analytically on it because it would have muted the pleasure factor. I was pleased in general by the collection. Most intensely by the lyric-lessness of Parabolas. The mind to was left free to play among the sounds in the ear and the sights of the mind. Ear sounds and mind sights are plentiful and inevitable in regard to this album, Tejada’s ninth.

You’d presume that music as laid back as this would be the opposite of perfect yoga or aerobics music, but
I follow a different program when it comes to this. Full disclosure: I listen to Chillwave on runs.

One may not run an entire marathon to Parabolas, but the music has a knack for stealing the brain’s focus, which makes it an easy CD to listen to when you need to let go mentally.

I’ll admit that, since it’s house music, I wanted to sing Snap! Rhythm Is A Dancer, a tiny bit. That’s only because my brain is part song-mix master, not because Tejada’s beat crafting has nostalgic characteristics. If anything, they’re futuristic without a sense of intended futurism, and not plastic feeling as’90s house music sometimes feels.

By Septembre Russell

I'm a writer, a reader, a fixer, a lover. What can I say? I like to try my best to sidestep the cliches in life, but sometimes they are inevitable.

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