Poised to be a local standout in 2011, no one and nothing in Atlanta sounds quite like Qurious, the ambient electronic duo responsible for one of the year’s best, most unique local records—the hypnotic and ethereal Planet Plant. The pair has shown an intrinsic ability to create chilling dynamic soundscapes that float along like so many abstract thought clouds pulled from the recesses of a surreal subconscious. Their layered headphone candy is exacting in that each sound seems to have been patiently inserted in a specific spot and yet it flows together so organically that it never feels cold or mechanical.
It’s quite the opposite, actually. While nothing on Planet Plant could be described as exactly joyous or celebratory, there was a feeling of benign-ness that encapsulated the songs, even as they transported you to mysterious and unexpected locales. But things take a turn for the downright bouncy and buoyant on “Another Language,” a new track the duo recently posted for free on their Bandcamp page. It reminds me a lot of the work Eric Avery put into his Polar Bear project except that instead of Avery’s dry, semi-detached baritone, we’re treated to Catherine Quesenberry’s playful songbird crooning. It’s a slightly different turn for the pair, but one that’s no less inventive or thrilling.
Stream and Download: Qurious – “Another Language”: