I’ve always had a great amount of respect for Think Thoughts Records. Local Kids with respect for Local Acts, They’ve always had a particularly adept ear at catching up on potentially revolutionary acts, if only given the proper opportunity. Now perhaps I am being a little bit hyperbolic yet it’s been a while since I’ve seen Ambient/Electronica originals so crisp from a local source. It reminds me, in a lot of ways, of Bibio meets Lone and no song quite explains it like J Pre’s “Platonia”. With a lengthy introduction into a heavily building layers of a polyphonic melody, each harmony playing off of the other, J Pre provided Dissociative Identity a great introduction into the new, local, ambient scene. And thank God for that. Frankly, I wasn’t sure if that style was still “in” now a days, apart from Gracie’s own interpretation of it (which is still a long ways from ambient, necessarily). Although my issue is, where’s the rest of the tracks? Admittedly, I’m probably just getting anxsty because I like what I hear so far, however it is something far more philosophical on the ambient genre. Ambient music is not about any particular song: for example, I remember arguing with friends about which Boards of Canada song was our favorite. I now realize we were asking the entirely wrong question, a point that I hope J Pre embraces in his next release. Despite to say, over all, I’m very happy with Platonia and J Pre as a whole. More importantly though, I’m excited to see what J Pre will bring in the fall.