GRAYE hasn’t been around for long, but he’s already made a name for himself with his nuanced and colorful electronic compositions. While his first mini-album Mon was catchy and almost pop-like, GRAYE shows a more experimental side in Junk Pixel/Empty Space.

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“Junk Pixel” is as sleek as electronic music gets. It features a heavily pulsing bass line stimulated by all sorts of nuances – beeps, clicks, scratches, and more. These effects give the track remarkable velocity. They pack the soundscape and never let up. “Empty Space” derives from a jazz vein, which provides a refreshing contrast from the strictly electronic “Junk Pixel.” The song is lightweight, with a loose and improvisational saxophone solo at the head. GRAYE tastefully adorns the solo with soft, twitchy percussive sounds and spacious synths.

This mini-album is too short to build an epic narrative for the listener. Essentially, Junk Pixel/Empty Space is just seven minutes of cool sounds. But GRAYE is adventurous enough with his music to keep the listener gripped nonetheless. I admire him for trying a totally different sound world – one that is darker and introverted than his first mini-album. This mini-album affirms GRAYE as a virtuoso in electronic music, particularly through his grasp on musical nuance.

JUNK PIXEL / EMPTY SPACE by GRAYE

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A composer of music myself who has been inspired by Korean indie music for many years, specifically rock, electronic, and experimental music.