Producer Photay’s New, Ethereal Album Based on Captured Audio

The 13-track album transforms hold music and spotlights the "magic within the mundane"

By producer Photay (aka Evan Shornstein), the 13-track album On Hold—out on streaming and vinyl via Mexican Summer on 5 March—highlights the “richness in the mundane,” the artist explains. While touring in 2018, Shornstein spent just over a month recording snippets of surprisingly beautiful hold music during his downtime between sets—in airports, hotel rooms and over a friend’s shoulder while they called to report credit …

The Blow: The Bath

Across the 11-minute video for “The Bath,” The Blow’s Melissa Dyne and Khaela Maricich somehow captivate through relative stillness. It’s the glowing, pulsing colorscapes and the ambient sound-waves—composed in one take by Dyne using both analog and modular synths—that transfix and transcend expectation. The video was filmed live inside The Blow’s production sphere, installed at the Fuga artist residency in Zaragoza, Spain’s Etopia Center for …