House producer Joey Anderson hails from Hoboken, New Jersey, but his take on the genre is a far cry from the soulful garage sounds often associated with the state's dance music scene. Instead, his tracks are spacy and isolated, having much more in common with Midwestern producers like Chicago's Hieroglyphic Being and Detroit's Jeff Mills at his deepest. Anderson's debut album, After Forever, is not a collection of straightforward dancefloor tools, but rather a series of abstract, reflective tracks where the synth melodies and pads don't always seem perfectly in sync with the ticking beats. On a few tracks, he'll establish a dark, detached atmosphere before dropping a splintered piano melody or other vague sign of life. He saves some of the album's fastest tempos for the back half of the album, and while tracks like "Brass Chest Plate" may be a bit more immediate, they still take time to reveal themselves, and never try to go for a full-on emotional rush. After Forever seems like it could be a very alienating album, but it actually ends up being quite engaging, and it's one of the most notable full-length house debuts of the mid-2010s.
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AllMusic Review by Paul Simpson