Mutated beats for postmod grooving


Traces of the same wordplay puree bubble to the surface here and there, but now they share space with algebraic beat schemes, electronic squiggles and a futurist hum that is befitting of Warp, Herren’s label, which is known more for experimental electronica like that of labelmates Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada.

Despite the whir of its postmodern trappings, Prefuse 73 is remarkably human. Recorded during a painful breakup, the final mix of “One Word Extinguisher,” he admits, was tainted by his heartbreak. His rigorous touring schedule, long studio hours and recent move to Barcelona all have made relationships — romantic or otherwise — difficult to maintain. “It’s hard to meet somebody and then stay in one place long enough to get to know them,” he groans. “Even where I live I can’t meet somebody and be there longer than three weeks [before I] get up and go somewhere else.” Despite these setbacks, Herren — whose father is Spanish — is confident he made the right choice.

Now that Delarosa & Asora is officially over, he says, he is channeling his new home’s influence into his only other musical incarnation, Savath & Savalas. What was once considered experimental electro-rock now veers toward traditional Spanish folk. “That’s basically all it is now,” he says with a laugh. “I mean that’s the only way I know how to describe [the upcoming album]. I’m not about to coin some new term for a type of music.”

Read the full interview at The Japan Times Online.

Mutated beats for postmod grooving | The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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