For much of its 17-year existence, Milieu has been an outlet for hypnotic analog ambiance. Under his recording pseudonym, Columbia’s Brian Grainger, who also releases music as Coppice Halifax and under his given name, has most often conjured wisps of calming distortion with little rhythmic interference, a hometown alternative for fans of sedate mood manipulators like Kyle Bobby Dunn.
Given this pedigree, Polypsilon, Part 1 is a refreshing change of pace. The first of two hour-long cassettes released via Grainger’s own Recycled Plastics, it expands his reach into minimal techno grime with consistently thrilling results.
While the first five parts of the titular suite hitch strung-out sci-fi synths to skittering drum machines with trance-inducing results, it’s the album’s gritter corners that really impress.
“P-Q” balances bracingly distorted vocal samples with a thumping analog beat and delicate but disturbing noise; Odd Future would do well to sample it.
“Polypse” smooths its driving space-funk groove with waves of immersive keyboard texture, maintaining Milieu’s graceful voice while injecting some sensual vigor.
Already the architect of an underrated local label, as well as one of the South’s most consistent ambient artists, the first half of Polypsilon proves that Grainger’s talents are even more dynamic. Here’s hoping the second half pushes even further. — Jordan Lawrence
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
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Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:
U.S. Security Associates
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Real Estate Spotlight
Concord Park From the $150’s. Off 12th St. Extension. 803.419.2227. mungo.com
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ST. ANDREWS COMMONS APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Close to everywhere YOU WANT TO BE! 1200 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
WATERFORD APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Prime location, and plenty of space. Live large at Waterford Apartments. Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 1340 Longcreek Dr., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
GABLE HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2 & 3 BR’s available with many amenities. Surround yourself with Southern comforts at Gable Hill Apartments! Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 310 Ross Rd, Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
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