s a self-taught musician now living in Chicago, Charles Garcia produces sound that expresses a journey and movement, tells a story. It was a time-lapse video of Jupiter from Voyager One that determined his pseudonym as Lapse. To him, it described the patterns that seem to fade in and out of the not only his days, but the entire structure of the universe. Like his thoughtfully chosen name, Garcia’s music is constantly moving forward in structure along with time, hardly looking back to refrain.
Garcia insists that he is a simple product of the primordial drink just like anyone else. He grew up in Dubuque, Iowa, and used music to absolve his thoughts and racing mind in an otherwise derelict environment. His past, for better or worse, will probably always be there stretching out a bruised haze over his sounds. It’s in such sonic storytelling that we hear the emotional landscape that he has so artfully composed.
He has always been fascinated with human life — its complicated psyche, philosophy, and the mysteries outside of our brilliant world. He has fond respect for many Japanese electronic musicians and for older jazz musicians, and his interest in space and astronomy has also been a reoccurring theme that pervades throughout the architecture of his sound.
“The Chicago based artist Charles Garcia, performing as Lapse, is an IDM architect, both influenced by human complexity, astronomy, Japanese electronica, time lapse, jazz. His latest release The Living Lucid (2010), beyond classification, brings a personal and progressive feeling to an electronic masterpiece.
From Pillow to Melt, you can really feel the analogy between Lapse’s name and its origin, time-lapse videos is really perceptible. Stable Propulsion, a steamy 10’43” track, really leaves you unaware of what comes next in a complete and delightful timewarp.”