Social Networking will one day make a mockery of all of us. In the past, bad haircuts could be forgotten, awkward friendships could be consigned to the dustbin of history and work colleagues swiftly ignored once in a new job. However, it’s going to be far worse for the generation that are growing up with Facebook as standard, and internet searches for decades to come have the potential to be awash with badly edited photographs and cringe-inducing uses of the word EPIC and/or FAIL. Growing up is hard enough anyway, without having the entire process chronicled online.
Whilst Bijan Allen is still a world away from having to deal with younger relatives update their status every 5 minutes, the first indication of his online presence is through a personal MySpace page awash with jpegs, gifs and burning text. If it looks dated, that’s probably because it is – the page looks as though it was last updated 2 years ago, when Allen was 15. Still sprightly at 17, it doesn’t take much longer to get to his much lauded (admittedly, by his own personal page) music profile, which is equally garish, but also home to some pretty exciting tracks, too.
Talked up by unouomedude during an interview a few weeks ago, it’s probably easier to compare much of this work to the likes of Black Moth Super Rainbow, with out of tune, scratchy vocals matching up with the dysfunctional electronic backing beats to make a bizarre sort of harmony. The lack of polish, the amateur can-do attitude is ultimately a part of Bijan’s charm, but backed up by the fact that he knows how to use a sample and doesn’t slip into the the cold embrace of chillwave. This is clearly a work in progress, but an exciting one – ‘Untitled’ is the standout track, jumping with energy something like a party cassette being remixed, whilst the other tracks all show talent. Some fine tuning is definitely needed, but if we could all look back on something as exciting as this when we google ourselves in 10 years time, then maybe the internet won’t be the terrifying graveyard it is rapidly threatening to become.
Bijan Allen – Untitled