Release Date: Jan 17, 2012
Record label: Type
Pete Swanson has long led a dual life as a noise musician (most famously in the late, lamented duo Yellow Swans) and a social worker helping the homeless and mentally ill. When I asked him last year if he found any connections between those pursuits, he recalled testing a virtual-reality machine that simulates schizophrenic hallucinations. To Swanson, the bombardment of illogical stimuli felt "psychedelic in the most terrible way"-- and similar to his music.
Among other things, 2011 seemed like the year where artists in the US underground suddenly tackled dance music, whether it was the heat-warped house of 100% Silk or the unhinged techno of artists like Container. A few seconds into Yellow Swans co-founder Pete Swanson's first album for Type and it seems like he's done the same. The producer's usual crawling sheets of fermenting frequencies are forcefully pried apart, leaving an uncomfortable void that hints towards forward movement before a barreling kick drum appears.