Land Escape is about me leaving the comfort of my home. I wanted it to sound like distance, distance away from myself and what I was used to in the past, distance in my melodies and sounds. The feeling of distance away from loved ones, and the way the instrument I created affords users a profound ability to traverse musical distances with no effort. - Mike Gao
The progression of sound from electronic artist Mike Gao has hit an exponential climb in recent years, harnessing the technical and creative abilities needed from his Polyplayground app to compose at a high level. Creating the instrument in 2011, the design and functionality has expanded since its inception, bringing out even higher technical and creative potentials. His recent travels through America and Asia have also shifted the way he envisions the roads music can travel, adding to the parameters of musical modes he can call his own while contributing to a TV program with VICE China and touring in both regions. Combining his experiences across a multitude of art mediums and his travels across the world, Mike Gao has pieced together all of this momentum into the new album Land Escape.
Mike Gao’s forthcoming Land Escape LP pushes the scope of his apps abilities to new heights and soaks up all the energy of his music career up to this point. An array of electronic sub-genres are infused across the forthcoming full-length, intricately connected with a sense of pure harmony and compelling rhythms that sits in every pocket with beauty. The Polyplayground instrument has been a pivotal tool in his creative climb, giving Land Escape a process of creation that's all its own. "It puts music in a geometric and colorful representation that intuitively makes the most sense for harmony," explains Mike Gao. "It allows you to visualize what keyboardists are playing and quickly understand it and play it back in any key. I’ve been able to teach 3rd graders John Coltrane movements, and can get an adult with no music theory able to play jazz chord charts in a day or two through colors and simple tetris shapes. I’ve used it on previous projects, but I’m hoping that people can hear the stark improvements in my music, thanks for friends showing me what they play through it, added range from the larger iPad, as well as new features I added to the app."
Land Escape is an emotionally vivid portrayal of frontier sounds and futuristic beats, adding to Mike Gao's legacy as one of the planet's most forward thinking and respected electronic artists. The nine track affair also represents some of his most soulful music to date, blending in sultry and shimmering harmonies with the complexity of syncopation, counter melodies and unique textures. Futuristic scenes appear instantly, pulling together a symbiotic reality between city and nature, infused with a sense of intricacy and technology that goes far beyond the age of destruction we currently find ourselves in. Land Escape is a sonic impression of an age with true balance, signified by Mike's ability to gather note progressions, textures and rhythms from so many worlds.
Add over 7,000 miles of space between the various locations Land Escape was conceptualized, conceived and fully captured, Mike Gao's newest record is the truest representations of sound moving across continents, constantly gathering pieces along the way. Land Escape is a compelling piece of work that finds the California native returning to Los Angeles indie label Alpha Pup Records for its digital release on March 31, 2017.