MartyrBoys

by Jeremiah Fisher

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This exploration of the capabilities of the modular synthesizer begins mid-stride with a schismatic cadence wrapped in the track title’s 16,000 chirping birds, like you’ve tripped into a chemical river that’s been flowing for eons, and it doesn’t let up very often throughout the length of the cassette. When it does, the dynamic often turns your focus inside-out in way that can be both sublime and give the sensation of oxygen thinning out in the atmosphere, likely depending on your stereo/headphones set up.

“Martyr Boys” is veritable smörgåsbord of kaleidoscope pulses, airy analog blips, syrupy drones, and tantalizing percussive stomps, handily skipping along the line between discord and jubilance. The live expressions of his style are often splendid 20+ minute lurching minimalisms which can smother and elevate, and this release expertly breaks his approach down into digestible lengths that involve more apparent changes. It’s an attractive dichotomy.

Fisher has played in several bombastic experimental groups of varying genres over the last 10 years but his finesse is most finely expressed in his solo excursions. The diversity of tones on this release is impressive but the nuance that blends sections of the songs and the transitions between them is what really drives home the message, which seems to be a “hey let’s wander” stream of consciousness. This is essential listening for anyone with a penchant for the avant-garde.

Recorded live from synthesizer to DAW. No overdubs.

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released January 1, 2014

Image: Katia Lakhmitko
Sound: Jeremiah Fisher

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Jeremiah Fisher Chicago, Illinois

With a pedigree including Panicsville, Oakeater, and Ga'an, Jeremiah creates difficult music at the conjuncture of consumer electronics, found sounds and extended technique. His solo works for modular synthesizer explode into kaleidoscopic rhythms and discordant timbres. The finest of these self-generative patch explorations are here. ... more

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