on April 5, 2016
THE ONLY SHE CHAPTERS, Prefuse 73's final album for Warp, carries on the short tracks of EVERYTHING SHE TOUCHED TURNED AMPEXIAN but featuring a bevy of female vocalists, though the opener, "The Only Recollection Of Where Life Stopped" is an ambient slice of musique concrete. But before long, the chugging beats of "The Only Valentine's Day Failure" grind into being with post-rock sustained guitars, while "The Only Contact She's Willing To Give" takes a more mysterious turn with its ethereal vocals. That continues on as Shara Worden offers her fragile vocals to "The Only Hand To Hold," before "The Only Thief To Steal Tonality" gives itself entirely into abstraction. The late, great Trish Keenan shines up the dense "The Only Trial Of 9000 Suns," while Niki Randa brings some life to the turgid "The Only Boogie Down." "The Only Direction In Concrete" revels in its own chaos, but it's righted by the chanson-feel of "The Only Guitar To Die Alone." "The Only Serenidad" also brings in some brightness, as does the warmth of "The Only Lillies And Lilacs Pt. 2." The longer "The Only Repeat" puts its refraction to work, but overall the album is much too unfocused and diffuse to come together in a coherent way.
on September 23, 2011
In The Forest of Sensitivity and now the Only She Chapters, Prefuse 73 has dumped the stale hip-hop jargon in favour of ethereal female vocalisations, sometimes harmonised (... Guitar to Die For, ... Hand to Hold), sometimes fractured (... Trial of 9000 Suns), sometimes absent (... Valentine's Day Failure). Inspiring some of the best electronic work I've heard from Herren, the choir's obviously got his creative juices flowing (and vice versa). This release may take a few listens to fully grow on you (as it did for me), but that's only an adjustment to a better chapter (oops) in his musical career. My ears just can't put this book down.
on June 21, 2011
8th release from this New York City based hip-hop producer-cum-experimental composer, aka
Scott Herren, who has also recorded as Savath & Savalas, Delarosa & Asora. These are highly
detailed, fractured & rhythmic avant-psychedelic symphonies that mix a twisted sense of chaotic
melody with dissident, unconventional arrangements. They are often dreamy & haunted,
bordering on bedlam, with otherworldly textures & progressions that are focused on the
processed female voice--with contributions from Zola Jesus, Shara Worden (My Brightest
Diamond), Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors), Trish Keenan (Broadcast), and others. It's a
scary/stunning post-classical nightmare of manipulated siren songs.
on May 25, 2011
on first listen, was not sure about this; i love the 'old' prefuse 73 (the early, glitchy, hiphop stuff).
"ampexian" didn't work for me; too...something about it (prog-rock? busy?); i don't remember, i deleted it.
but this... more 'goth-electronica' than say glitchy hiphop, and...i'm loving it. dreamy female vocals floating about, dense keyboards, more texture than song structure mostly.
so, different, but worthwhile. definitely worth listening to.
it's a great time for new music (toro y moi, oh no ono, the weeknd, etc). this fits right in to '2011"...