RIYL: dub-inspired ambient soundscapes

Label: Dust Editions

To clarify real quick – the initial copies of this limited pressing are transparent blue, but that quantity is unknown to me. If I had to guess, it’s probably 100 transparent blue and 200 black. I couldn’t figure out a way to word the title without it sounding clunky, and if I knew the exact numbers that’d be a different story. Anyhow, NYC’s Evan Caminiti is back with another hazy album with the help of Jefre Cantu-Ledesma and Rafael Anton Irisarri, and the seemingly omnipresent Rashad Becker behind the mastering. Using New York’s sounds, organic and artificial, Caminiti was able to transmute them in to the shapeless golem that occupies the grooves. I stayed in NYC for nearly four months, and it can feel quite oppressive – that’s what the title communicates to me at least. Toxic City Music casts a mist of acid rain over the senses and before you know it you’re cast off to an alley in the middle of Greenwich Village. Listen to a preview of the album below by clicking through

The Details

Available to pre-order. LP will ship in time for the release date on March 3rd, 2017

NYC based artist Evan Caminiti breathes life into the Dust Editions imprint with the release of Toxic City Music. Caminiti has explored electro-acoustic music since the mid 2000's, the latest transmission being 2015's Meridian. While that album was Caminiti’s first to omit electric guitar, he has now returned to the instrument. Here it is buried it in an electronic mist and melted down, it's sonic fabric reshaped.

Toxic City Music was inspired by the psychic and physical toxicity of life in late capitalism. Conceived throughout 2015 and 2016, Caminiti captured the sounds of NYC’s machinery and voices before weaving them into his studio experiments. This collection of song mutations unravels in hazy plumes and serrated edges; concrète sounds mesh with disembodied strings and corrosive electronics on "Joaquin", drones ripple under stuttering rhythms and crude synth detritus throughout "NYC Ego". On "Toxic Tape (Love Canal)", layers of digital degradation smear guitar clusters, dissolving into a dubby devotional-ambient space.

The album was mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M and features contributions from Jefre Cantu Ledesma and Rafael Anton Irisarri.

Price $19.36

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