Albert Swarm: “Familialities”
The enigmatic music making entity known as Albert Swarm hails from Brooklyn via northern Finland, and that’s about all the bio you’re going to get out of this guy. That’s just fine, too. As much as we love a good narrative to go along with our freshly baked sound waves, we also appreciate when the music stands on its own, as does AS’ “Familialities,” a more minimalist take on the dangerously deep sample-scapes of Holy Other or Balam Acab. Delayed arrays of lightly plucked strings and chimes contribute a feeling of whimsy, before collapsing into place around bottom-heavy drums and soulful vocal samples that seem all the more affecting for their being so inarticulate and ripped away from any context. Raw bits of filter hiss, temperamental sample manipulations, and plenty of other subtleties might escape a first listen, so good thing that you’re going to have this track on heavy rotation anyway.
Albert Swarm’s Held EP will be available from Ceremony on August 23, 2011
Written by Luke Carrell