Much of 'Into Your Layers' is about reaching into new territory; exploring myself and what I love about making musical art whether as Halo Refuser or in any of the other realms I inhabit. This album explores Chill, Downtempo, Trip Hop, Soul and Dub much more than my previous releases, only barely verging into even remotely-'EDM' moments. Still, all 8 of the 9 songs have been a part of my live set in various versions for a while now, so they are decidedly movement-oriented albeit on the deeper side. They have a mixture of warm, classic tones and future production that is more true to my influences while also more in my own voice. Lyrically, I tried to stay away from religious symbolism or politics, focusing on universal topics like masculine/feminine relationships and self analysis/awareness. One Dimensional is, of course, having fun with a metaphor (I'll let you ascribe a meaning). Folding Me Up describes the enveloping surrender of love, while Ask Me (I'll Give it To You) explores deeper motivations for offering help to others.
This music represents more than 2 years of careful sculpting, pieces that have been slowly refined and tweaked in my home studio and live sets since my last full-length release in 2011. Thanks to this amazing new era of modern home production, I am able to make music like this on a very small project budget, indulging investments only into the gear I use and the time I spend.
For the curious: everything was recorded, edited, composed, and mixed within Ableton Live. I also used UAD plugins and some Universal Audio gear for my inputs, which include my collection of Nord and Moog instruments & FX as well as the iPad and of course my microphones, which I used to record my voice and various other noises. Apart from a few found samples, all other sounds are made with Ableton instruments with two notable exceptions: Nickles D'Onofrio makes an appearance, playing the Acoustic Guitar parts on 'Forest Spores', while Brett McConnell appears on both 'Forest Spores' and 'Feeding Brains' playing moody Lap Steel. When it came time for the finishing touch I went to the legendary Kevin Metcalfe at The Soundmasters UK (Ninja Tune (Amon Tobin, Bonobo), Brainfeeder (Flying Lotus, Thundercat), The Orb, Crystal Method, Brian Eno, Shpongle, Squarepusher, Ott etc) for that mastering magic I've loved on so many albums.
released June 3, 2014
All songs Written, Produced, Arranged, Performed and Mixed by Asher Fulero