Release Date: Jul 13, 2018
Record label: Houndstooth
For his first release in six years, Pariah comes to Houndstooth with reflective and varied album Here From Where We Are. The album is a worthy followup to the releases on Belgian label R&S that helped bring Arthur Cayzer's Pariah project to the attention of electronic music fans worldwide, showcasing Cayzer's growth as an artist. The album alternates between tracks that show off unique textures, using melodies and harmonies at the forefront, and others that sit just in the background, allowing their individual sounds to leak through the ….
To the casual observer, Arthur Cayzer might look like a fringe artist who dips their toes into music only periodically. A cursory glance at Discogs reveals four solo Pariah releases in eight years, including this, his first full-length. That would sell him short. He was a key member of an aspiring class of British producers, alongside James Blake and Space Dimension Controller, that reinvigorated R&S at the turn of the '10s.
News of a revival--of a particular sound, style, or trend forgotten by the mainstream--usually means only that the news-bearer hasn't been paying attention. Adherents know better. Most of the time, these tastes have been thriving out of sight for years. But as much as die-hard fans may scoff at recent talk of an ambient revival, it's hard to deny that contemplative, beatless strains of electronic music have become more active, and are enjoying more widespread appeal, in recent years.