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Elder Mantis

by Black Taffy

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Lost Tribe Sound One of the best instrumental beat-driven albums I think I've ever heard. Black Taffy keeps it classy with a focused and sparse sound palette, using drunken harp lines, lo-fi synths, and gnarled knocking beats, coming off like slow jams for Shaolin Monks. Got me excited, like the first time I heard Shlohmo's 'Bad Vibes' or Daybre's - 'One/Three' Favorite track: Jaguarundi.
Mike Petrow
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Mike Petrow it slaps beautifully Favorite track: Jaguarundi.
Fritz Marial
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Fritz Marial The dark grooves are seriously compelling. There is an otherness to these tracks that appeals to me on a fundamental level.
lolplatypi
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lolplatypi This is literally the best new music I've found. These songs sound like nothing else I've ever listened to, and I'm anxiously awaiting to see what new excitement the next album will bring. Favorite track: Switchback.
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Divining Rod 03:28
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Corridors 02:26
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Geraldine 03:21
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Land of Nod 04:11
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Windflower 02:48
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Switchback 02:17
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Jaguarundi 03:12
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Border Reeds 02:16
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about

Black Taffy (Donovan Jones) is a
Dallas-based composer and performer
whose current focus lies in pairing
ambient music with large bass and
percussion.

The first born son of Pentecostal music
ministers, Donovan grew up witnessing
the power music has to induce trance
and encourage spiritual awakening.
Eventually drawing parallels between
christianity, voodoo, and the occult,
Jones left the former to immerse himself in
the latter.

Sometimes performing with
only Vibraphone and cassette decks, he
frequently employs the use of tape
loops and other antiquated mediums to
create pillowy worlds of wow and
flutter.
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credits

released February 15, 2019

album art by Jesselisa Moretti
press photography from Olivia Themudo
mixed by Black Taffy & Alex Bhore at Elmwood Studio
mastered by Dave Cooley

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Black Taffy Dallas, Texas

Black Taffy is a Dallas based composer and performer currently focused on pairing classical, new age and ambient music with large bass and percussion à la musique concrete. His works have received acclaim from NPR, Pitchfork, BBC, Bandcamp and Resident Advisor. He is signed to Leaving Records and is also a chess bum. ... more

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