Release Date: Feb 24, 2015
Record label: Planet Mu
For all the expectation and conjecture surrounding John T. Gast’s debut full-length, Excerpts remains somewhat of a cryptic release. Sure, it flirts with the lo-fi graze of Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland’s Black Is Beautiful — on which Gast was credited as a producer — but it’s also a multifaceted exploration of the complex musical frontiers instigated by Black Is Beautiful.
John T. Gast is a reclusive figure best known for his affiliations with London duo Hype Williams. He has a co-production credit on their 2012 LP Black Is Beautiful, and worked with both members after the group split up, appearing briefly on Dean Blunt's The Redeemer and collaborating with Inga Copeland on the UKMerge 12-inch. While his stylistic coordinates may be different, that pranksterish pair remain the best means of understanding Gast's approach.By turns playful and mysterious, Gast's music draws on a range of genres to build eccentric sonic worlds.
Make a cursory search on the Internet for John T. Gast (presumably not his real name) and it won't be long before the words Hype Williams pop up. Gast worked as a co-producer with Inga Copeland and Dean Blunt on their Black Is Beautiful album and appeared on Blunt's solo effort The Redeemer and with Copeland on UKMerge. It's little surprise, therefore, that Excerpts shares some of the duo's oblique, genre-contorting aesthetic.