D Haddon has released a string of eclectic electronic albums as Warning Light on Atlanta label Stickfigure Recordings while simultaneously curating his DIY CDr/Cassette imprint Persistentmidnight. His latest Inland Empires Disregard the Sea is an impressionistic electronic workout, inhabiting a minimalist nether region between 80s soundtrack music and modern ambient techno textures. Cultivating sounds he experimented with on his recent Oftenchance and XXXI albums, Inland Empires finds Haddon again playing with the intersection of arrangement vs improv. Synthesized drones, airy field recordings, and cascading dub echoes commingle across the record with motorik drum machines, manipulated vocal samples and raw live percussion.
Inland Empires Disregard the Sea is really an album about how perspective (or lack their of) can shape one's view of the world, and the continuous attempt of the thinking human to redefine that perspective. Having also produced a litany of records for Persistentmidnight and Stickfigure (Outer Gods' gloom ridden Dismal Rift specifically), 2016 also finds Haddon redefining his role and shifting his personal perspective in music. For years, Haddon has charted a subtle evolution of projects, from his days with the art-noise duo Suitcases to playing in mutantdisco quartet Roman Photos and his minimal synth albums as High Marks. Inland Empires feels like a summation of that journey. It's a traveling record for the long, thoughtful stretches, the places you pass through as you let your mind wander.