Jeff McIlwain has been producing his diverse, melodic strain of abstract electronic music as Lusine for a decade-and-a-half. Lusine, which translates from Armenian to English as “moon”, is the moniker of Seattle-based McIlwain, one of the most special artists that has given electronic dance in the last two decades.
Originally a Texas native, McIlwain relocated to his current home of Seattle in late 2002 and began steadily releasing his music on Ghostly International. He has also contributed tracks to various compilations and remix releases from Mute, !K7, Kompakt, Asthmatic Kitty, and Shitkatapult. Following Lusines acclaimed The Waiting Room from 2013 and 2014s Arterial EP (which was accompanied by a groundbreaking video from Christophe Thockler), comes the new full-length, Sensorimotor, released in 2017 on Ghostly International.
In his fourth full length with Ghostly International, McIlwain takes a small step from his previously more pop induced sound. It is relaxing and intimate, while still being one of the grooviest dance records in a long time. Sensorimotor is like its own little ecosystem of textures and layers, that conveys a tasteful representation of Jeff’s production ability and innovation.We hear the celestial clamor and clash of numerous rhythms that are symbolic of Lusine’s sound, countered with a breakdown that casts some darker shadows above.
Sesonsrimotor may not be as strong in Lusine’s pop capability as his previous releases. However, MciLwain offers up an array of talents on this album, fusing the real world with cyberspace and allows the listener to let their imagination run wild, daydreaming through the many mods, moments and melodies.