PYUR is an artist with a very personal approach towards her sound, which sits somewhere between club electronics and abstract sound design electronics. Epoch Sinus is her debut full-length, and it is positively dripping with little sonic details to delight the ear. A very strong start. Released by Hotflush.
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PYUR is not the calm utterance of a mutant cat, it is a relatively new project from an elusive singer-songwriter who hung up her guitar for the synths and the beats. Influenced by club culture as well as exploratory electronic sound design, Epoch Sinus is the intense soundtrack to the making of PYUR.
As PYUR’s debut, it’s saying a lot that it is being released on Scuba’s Hotflush label, the same one that gave us such ground smashing records as Mount Kimbie’s Crooks & Lovers. It’s a slightly odd release for the label, and perhaps signals an increase in the amount of these sort of experimental records that the label will put out.
In any case, it’s some great sound. Often you’re treated to the percussive sounds of club stabs or angelic synth swells to begin with, before they unravel into multiple complex strands of bristling electroacoustic noisy texture, echoing melodic patter or downcast indistinct beats. Imagine if you got FIS, stood him up with a cattle prod and told him to dance a little bit and make an album about his experience. The first track, with it’s hyper-pitched up ghost choirs, has a very Aisha Devi feel to it, if she collaborated with one of the glitchier folks on Warp. Or maybe Ben Frost in its intensity? It’s certainly not like our Ian’s suggestion of Tim Hecker. Bet he’s never even seen the ol’ Hecker live.
Oh, just to reiterate, the sound design in this is good enough on it’s own to warrant a listen, let alone all the surrounding elements.
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