Chicago’s Reaches, the pseudonym of the solitary Justin Randel, performs introspective party music fashioned from spending
the winter months converting the city’s ice-cold gloominess into sound. Although Randel studied music composition, his
music is informed by the raves of the past decades and the blogosphere’s capabilities to dispense world music. He has been
active over the past decade performing in various formats under a different moniker and has toured across 14 countries in
The avant-pop of Reaches' debut album "I Am Alive And Well" has the wide-eyed, exploratory spirit of early 80s popular
music without dipping into the cliches and tropes of the era. Asymmetrical synth melodies dance over a bed of off-kilter
electronic ostinatos, sounding simultaneously familiar and alien, infectious yet disorienting. The juxtaposition between
the cool, calm production and the raw emotionality of the wide ranging vocals is like an auralcounterpart to the dizzying
cinematic technique of the dolly zoom. In the end, the technique creates an emotional effect that can be rare in electronic
music. Randel's primal, uninhibited warble recalls an unhinged, psychedelic Ian Curtis, going from brooding to manic in
seconds. At its heart, "I Am Alive And Well" is a compelling pop record, delivered in a surrealist package.
Magenet Magazine - I Love You’s toe-tapping grooves, combined with untamed noise, will guarantee to make
any listener get out on the dance floor or just ingest a large pile of drugs.
Boston Hassle - This is the kind of persistent party music that subtlety infects even the most intractable ‘too-cool’
listener, gradually seizing their nervous system and transforming them into a devoted slave of the dancefloor,
ready for sacrifice.
Fensepost - It becomes clear that I Love You knows and lives fun. There’s a chaos in the music they make,
an unquestionable avant noise; but it’s backed by a consistency and an organization that assembles a makeshift
order like the Fibonacci sequence in nature. This is a band that builds upon structure and they’re not about
taking that order and fucking it up a bit. It’s a quality every single great experimental noise band possesses,
and it’s one that I Love You has mastered.
I am Alive and Well by Reaches
Reaches 'We Will Bury Your Student Debt Beneath the Sands of an Australian Beach'
Reaches as I Love You interview in Beijing, China with Niurenku 2012
I Love You @ Nitetrotter Fest 2012