Reputante, Visuals (Other People), Orca Orca
Sun, November 25, 2012
8:00 pmCameo Gallery
$7 at door
This event is 21 and overhttp://www.cameony.net/event/182031/
"Reputante managed with Lock Me Up to sustain a beautiful packaged emotional song that sound like a lost gem of an already classic name! Beautiful and unexpectedly pleasant by its all means!!!" -- Sound Injections
"We're really starting to believe that post-punk inspired music is about to take over from all this hazy dreampop as the indie/alternative sound of choice very soon. The groundswell is palpable. New York band Reputante could well be key players. They've just signed to Cult Records and are offering you an excellent introductory track called 'Lock Me Up'" -- Sound of Confusion
Fox formed a three-piece band called VISUALS in 2012, choosing the name as an oblique reference to a debilitating ocular disorder he suffered as a child. His previous releases were a series of cryptic self-released 7" singles written in collaboration with drummer Marshall Ryan—but Fox felt further development was still needed. He went into hibernation, experimenting and playing solo electronics sets in small NY venues, and writing new songs.
VISUALS' EP is a collaborative relay race between like minds. After recording and producing much of the arrangements himself, Fox handed the songs off to Darkside guitarist Dave Harrington for a final round of mixing and edits. His partner Nicolas Jaar finished the job, lending the record a distinctive psychedelic thump that fits Fox's songs hand-in-glove. Over the course of its all-too-brief runtime, VISUALS' EP pits the soulful against the inhuman, evoking everything
from Broadcast's eerie, hermetic pop
experimentation to Prince's minimalist sex funk. Songs like "Solve for X" and "Remote Control" are bottom-heavy love songs to an uncertain future, propelling Fox's cracked, weather-beaten drawl through a gauntlet of rubber-band basslines, bone-dry drum machines and deft sample manipulation.
While much of VISUALS' EP is a clear product of the dog days of the early 21st century, closing track "Fifteen" is something else altogether, a transmission from the heart of Old Weird America, all acoustic guitars, telephonic vocals and unsteady drums. In one heart-stopping moment, the EP's chilly synthesizers and sequencers finally give way to Andrew Fox, alone in his music, creaking out the line "I know, you know / it's natural" like he's being chased by the devil himself. After cutting away all but the essentials, we're left with VISUALS' EP, a four-song collection of rusty electronic soul with a beating heart.
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