None of Scattersun’s principal collaborators could easily meet in person. When Fax Gang and Parannoul began work on the album in 2023, they encouraged themselves to throw all caution to the wind with regard to genre and sound palette, ultimately weaving together intense strains of blown-out electronica that pull on a whole manner of stylistic threads, from two-step beats, to flashes of breakcore, cloud rap passages, and pop serenity.

Having co-written the album entirely through means of text chat, Scattersun is the product of a completely asynchronous operation in which no one shares a timezone. After their first collaboration on the co-production “Four Walls” for Fax Gang’s 2022 release Dataprism, the internet-based collective knew they had to attempt a bigger project with the anonymous shoegaze artist Parannoul.

Scattersun expands on the heartfelt sibilance of Fax Gang’s prior output with Parannoul’s penchant for epic song structures and tumbling climaxes, layered with diaphanous vocals that oscillate between hope and despair. Lead track “Lullaby for a Memory” comprises elements of twitchy drum n bass and Parannoul’s overdriven pop-shoegaze, with pitch-corrected vocals interfixed through uptempo percussion, piano, and distorted layers of melodic atmosphere.

Jarring turns that lead to booming, emotional climaxes form the animating logic behind Scattersun. Album opener “Quiet” lulls listeners into a false sense of security before the breakdown tells them do not pay any heed to your expectations as it dismantles itself before exploding into a climax the artists describe as a spirit bomb. Such crescendos and dime-turns are all over Scattersun, defining characteristics which, in their scattered unpredictability, always culminate in enrapturing, playful mimicry of human nature.

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On the South Korean artist’s astounding third album, the past and the present, the real and the fake dissolve seamlessly into surreal, maximalist pop music.
-Pitchfork (Best New Music)

A kaleidoscopic burst of bass, synths, and ringing tones that sound absolutely out-of-this-world. It’s thick and so layered that you can pull apart the various pieces of it. It’s thunderous. It’s gorgeous.
-The Needle Drop (8/10)

This Korean artist’s third album is an impressive set of emotive, shoegazer psych-rock inflected at times with orchestral ambient, glitchy electronic and other styles, with dynamic, sometimes shapeshifting songs combining fuzzy guitars, strings, synths, piano and other instrumentation with soaring song hooks, wistful vocals and bittersweet melodies.

“We Shine At Night” is one of the most tactile compositions they’ve released yet, the kind of shaggy rock song you could actually imagine hearing out in the world and not just blaring from laptop speakers.

“We Shine At Night” retains the Parannoul signature blend of emo intimacy and skyscraping noise rock dynamics but brings in something a little looser and familial along the way, too.

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