I aka I

Ash Koosha, 2016

As much I love various manifestations of minimalist music, there's something to be said for maximalism as well. On I aka I, Ash Koosha compresses so much sheer sound into every nook and cranny, it feels like you need to tag each passing moment, to come back to it later, unpack and dissect it. A feeling compounded by just how quickly everything flies by you. Most of the songs on aka clock in under 3 minutes, and those seconds are swollen, trying to contain all they're pressed to. Despite how dense it all is, Ash Koosha's music has an aura of whimsy, like the soundtrack to gremlins throwing day-glo colored paint against the walls.