A range of musical and non-musical influences have been poured into this disquieting and hypnotic journey from TüTH, AKA Chicago's Damon Carruesco. Over the course of the tape there's a distinct nod to contemporary electronic styles; it's emotionally sparse, sometimes brutal, and wrapped up in tension.
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Let’s be honest, the exclamation marks are a little unnecessary, but what really jumped out at me about this one is the mention of “off grid” electronic music. I’m all for a bit of barely-rhythmic bleepy growlery, as it feels a lot more free form and makes less presumptions about what you’re supposed to do with it. I know, rhythm and dancing are primal urges and all that, but are you really gonna rave to a tape ?
Maybe. But not often. So this TuTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! is a man named Damon Carruesco, one part of Chicago’s prime minimalist rockers Disappear, who has given up the rocks and the rolls for the greater good of gurgling electronics and distant melodic beauty. His music mostly consists of a quiet backing drone, quite subtle, with various incoming sound events: some are equally quiet, alternating between fragile melodics and atonal clunks or grinds; at other points these events are larger, yawning monsters, doused in bass or delay, sometimes hissing away to become one with the backing drone.
It’s very deft, suggesting either a natural affinity for this kind of sound, or many years of secret refinement while the rest of his former band were lost in the jam. Just imagine him, crouched behind the bass amp, circuit bending away. Anyway, fans of the likes of Fis, Machinefabriek, Chrissie and Tim Hecker will find something to love here. Moody noisy textural stuff.
If anyone at Umor Rex ends up reading this, please ensure that this one gets a vinyl pressing, many thanks, Laurie :)
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