The most amazing thing about Rising Sun is just how optimistic it makes me feel, given the current state of everything. So in that spirt… it’s not mid January, it’s not lockdown central, we aren’t staring down the barrel of some of the bleakest months of our short and ever-diminishing lives. Instead it’s actually mid summer, the sun’s just creeping up past the horizon, and you’ve just had one of the best night’s out of your entire life with some of your favourite people. One day, perhaps even this year, this will have happened to you. Until then, we have music like this to keep us going.
Automatic Tasty is Ireland’s Jonny Dillon, an electronic music producer who specialises in squelchy acid and electro, while also releasing various experimental acoustic guitar pieces under his own name. On the surface his latest EP A Farewell to Reason is the most overtly ‘poppy’ thing he’s produced – almost saccharine in its happy, open chords and bubbling synth lines – but there’s a darkness to a lot of the lyrics, not least on Wake Up Dead which lists various things you shouldn’t worry about as there’s a chance this will be your last day or earth. My pick of the bunch is opening track Ballad For a Modern Man though, which pairs a chunky bassline alongside beautifully billowing melodies and Dillon’s intimate, closed-mic’d vocals.