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Track of the Day: Andy Stott – Violence

Andy Stott’s music seems to give a eerie sensation of blindness. Even after 2012’s haunting Luxury Problems had…

Andy Stott’s music seems to give a eerie sensation of blindness. Even after 2012’s haunting Luxury Problems had been well worn and lauded, it seemed that, listen after listen, Stott’s domain stubbornly remained uncharted territory. Every burst of electronic buzz and newest skewing of Alison Skidmore’s hushed vocals feels strange and unfamiliar. One can only be left haplessly trying to decipher the size and shape of every sound encountered in order to rebuild the unfathomable motif he carves out from these moments of utter silence and cacophonous noise. This is truer than ever on ‘Violence’, the first track cut from Stott’s upcoming Faith In Strangers.

The first half of ‘Violence’ hovers menacingly; it’s mostly richly textured silence punctuated by a jarring techno horn acting as its barely-there framework. It then implodes into a series of whirs, ambiguous phrases and reverberating thumps – like a demented music box out of a childhood nightmare. Stott has a remarkable knack of making one recall memories that are not one’s own. It’s this that ultimately leaves its imprint, even if the bigger picture isn’t always in sight.

 

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