Guillermo Scott Herren (aka Prefuse 73) is nothing if not proven. It s hard to
think of a name that carries as much weight in both hip-hop and avant-rock
circles as Prefuse 73, who in the past year alone has been asked to remix TV
On The Radio, Pelican, BLK JKS and Cornelius, not to mention his early
collaborations with School of Seven Bells and Battles. These interactions have clearly helped to shape the evolving Prefuse 73 sonic aesthetic, which has expanded to include Herren s twisted visions of prog-rock, ''machine funk'' and global psychedelia.
For Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian, Herren rejected the idea of
straight digital recording and instead went the much more intensive route of
recording to analog Ampex tape, giving the album the sound of a lost tape of
exploratory studio musicians from the not-too-distant past. In addition to the
recording process, Ampexian also differs in its composition, existing as a tapestry of tracks of varying lengths and moods, albeit with a remarkable linear flow and, of course, unmatched rhythmic bump. From the drum machine prog of ''Parachute Panador'' to the driving noise jam ''Violent Bathroom Exchange'', it s easy to deduce that Prefuse 73 is comfortably
stretching out musically. ''Nature s Uplifting Revenge'' sounds as if broadcast from from a pirate radio station equally enamored with Animal Collective and J Dilla, while ''Simple Loop Choir'' is anything but simple...an expansive roboballad, featuring a vocoded chorus of Herren s voice and clouds of analog debris.