So, UK electonic master Squarepusher recently announced that he’s got a new album, Damogen Furies, coming out on April 20 (incidentally the day before my birthday, so that’s awesome.)
Notorious for his intense, expansive tracks and dazzling live performances, this is Squarepusher aka Tom Jenkinson’s first full album since 2012’s Ufabulum and follows on from his 2014 EP Music For Robots. It was largely recorded on the road over the last two years, using special portable studio equipment in an attempt to emulate his home set up.
He’s also released a new single.
It’s glitchy and progressive, with buzzing synths and frantic beats. All kinds of bright, completely twisted rhythms and musical layers intertwine, nourishing an intensely, increasingly complex video-game-world atmosphere. The kind of track you need to listen to three or four times to really grasp it all.
He’s ALSO BEEN ANNOUNCED TO PLAY AT VIVID LIVE IN SYDNEY. Those caps were intentional. Have you ever seen what his live shows look like? No? Check this shit out:
Can’t even begin describing my excitement at seeing this man in action.
He’ll be playing on May in the Joan Sutherland Auditorium within the Sydney Opera House. Tickets start at $39 and go on sale on March 27. Full details here.
Regarding the new album (and inevitably what we’ll here at Vivid,) the press release also reveals that it was inspired by two specific styles: “Miles Davis-school jazz, and dance music,” two “distinct traditions” which come together to create a sound “that often straddles nightmarish drill ‘n’ bass and the early work of electric jazz pioneers.”
Expect to hear a “truthful, unembellished representation of how those instruments sound. All of the recordings here were made in one take, with no edits. It is a record that has the brutal energy and vivaciousness of a debut.”