RIYL: Samuel Kerridge, Bleed Turquoise, Endon, Kevin Drumm

Label: Thrill Jockey

As I write this, the much talked about first debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is taking place. It’s popular opinion to think that neither of these candidates are ideal to lead the country, and the electoral process, as a whole, has become more of a circus than it usually is with juicy details coming out about one candidate or the other seemingly every single day. To herald this debate, I think it’s fitting I write up something that brings up the sludge from the bottom of the barrel with gutturals and electronics with an equally imposing nature. These remixes are the equivalent of Sumac dragging you out to stare down at a chasm filled with existential dread and the residual blackness that results from the thoughts that come with that term. There’s not much hope within this EP, much like how there’s no hope in this election – fitting for a day such as this. Listen to the album stream by going through the Buy Now link below and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Before You I Appear is pressed on virgin vinyl in a limited quantity with free download card.

In composing music, SUMAC opts for a process of simultaneous construction and dismantlement. Long-form rock based structures are distended to the point of erosion, reiterated in continually alternating sequences, and plied with extra-musical implements of chaos and tonal abstraction. Through the practice of psychophysical exertion and sensorial disorientation the music becomes a tangible projection of the players underlying emotions and spirit.

Furthering this dynamic approach, SUMAC has invited similarly like-minded artists to reconfigure and deconstruct pieces from their latest album What One Becomes. Samuel Kerridge, Bleed Turquoise, Kevin Drumm and Japan’s ENDON offer up beautifully bent interpretations of the original work. The results range from impossibly dense and perpetually ascending psych-noise blowouts, to subdued passages of subtly curdled drones punctuated by disembodied vocal excretions.

Though stylistically differentiated from the source material, all four tracks posses a parallel predilection for combining combustable atmospherics and emotionally penetrative musical maneuvers.

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