James Pants - Savage
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James says it’s “inspired by Martin Denny flourishes, royalty free breakbeats, Gary Wilson and Hamburg’s infamous Golden Pudel club.” The record was composed solely via MIDI and a Yamaha Portasound PSS-480 and is an oblique homage to the Residents’ Commercial Album – a 14-track record made up of sonic vignettes that sounds as good on a stereo set-up in the Amazonian jungle as it does coming through laptop speakers. Like Pants’ previous records, it sounds different to what has come before: Savage adds more of a lo-fi digital sheen compared to Welcome (2008), Seven Seals (2009) and James Pants (2011). Over those four years, he’s honed his skills as a webmaster – check rds.zone for his latest creations – and stockpiled new music. In fact, there are more than 100 tracks that were considered for the release. As Pants explains, “Instead of laboring months over one song, I like to move quickly onto the next.” What’s emerged on this release is something full of (fake) emotion, set to an exotica beat.