Before You I Appear is an EP featuring remixes from Sumac’s 2016 album What One Becomes. The Vancouver/Washington duo find their dense metalish rock being punctuated with psychedelic explosions and sombre drone passages. Featuring remixes by Samuel Kerridge, Bleed Turquoise, Kevin Drumm and Japanese band ENDON. On Thrill Jockey.
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6/10 gbar Customer review, 29th April 2017
With the release of What One Becomes, Sumac created one of the albums of 2016. It was intense and claustrophobic throughout and its epic, melodic feel helped construct an rather heavy and passionate experience. In a side step, the band follows up that album with Before You I Appear, an EP of remixes that deconstructs four tracks from the album.
Re-workings of both “Rigid Man in Vain” and “Image of Control” and “Rigid Oblivion,” replaces the towering, thick guitar tones of Aaron Turner for electronic and mechanical echoes, clicks and whines, leaving just the thundering drum work of Nick Yacyshyn and Turner’s hoarse, abrasive howls to glues its original form together with the electronic surroundings.
Some parts of this EP isn't too far away from Turner’s work in House of Low Culture, as they showcase atonal drones and ambiance. This EP cements the fact that Sumac's music can retain those expansive tastes found on What One Becomes as these four remixes have, and these additional textures makes for an unsettling experience.
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