With a steadily rising profile, the modestly named Gifted & Blessed is making a splash with his sun-baked experiments. The LA resident definitely shares a common vibe with his West-Coast contemporaries even if the styles are separate, and this live set recorded in January 2012 further supports this. It's patently obvious that this is the work of live analogue tinkering, as languid ripples and tones cycle around themselves in a way that is a touch self-indulgent. What makes the recording work is that in the dreamy melodies contained within, a certain laid-back (i.e. Californian) mood quells any sonic abrasions to make for a very pleasant aural meditation.