Chris Abrahams, 2016
It's so easy to consume Fluid to the Influence—which in itself is startling. Musique Concrète isn't easy listening. It's more known for being angular and jarring. Sonically, this record may be all over the map—piercing modular synths, rattling metallic strings, distorted noise, field recordings, tumbling organs and plaintive piano—yet somehow, it hangs together as a cohesive whole. To be absolutely honest, I have no idea why, either, but it's a remarkable feat.