Anom Vitruv, Untitled

Artwork by Kate Steciew


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Swiss producer Anom Vitruv emerged last year with a grainy, self-titled 12″ for Tabernacle Records. Unlike many recent so-called experimental house records, its severely dusted tracks seemed to be coming from a genuinely ascetic, mysterious place — not simply hiding normal, hooky dance music behind some cassette fuzz. The artist’s untitled follow-up for 7″ label Offseason improves on that formula, and furthers his reputation for crookedness. Because it’s a 7″, the four-tracker doesn’t include anything more than three and a half minutes, but no matter — Anom Vitruv packs an abundance of ideas into a small space, and does so with grace. The pervasive smudginess might have something to do with that, as it tends to deform his palette into indistinct shapes.

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There’s nothing as dance-floor-oriented as on the Tabernacle EP, however, as the tracks shift between disjointed ambience and bleary, broken, Hype Williams-style pieces. The latter is especially apparent on the third track, where an arrangement of murky monologue and oneiric synth lines comes across like a more refined take on that duo’s sound. For a record made up of quick glimpses, it even manages to maintain some sense of narrative. Its fuzzed-out beginnings of dragtime synth weight, clanging hi-hats, and clips of overdriven acid develop into an almost elegiac finale, as a piano solo is smothered by the same sort of filtered, high-end mist that coated Lee Gamble’s Dutch Tvashar Plumes. This is a surreal little trip of a record that, with a run of only 222 copies, ought not to fly under the radar.

Hank83  on January 25, 2013 at 5:02 AM


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