Squarepusher Damogen Furies on 2LP
Prolific electronic extraordinaire Tom Jenkinson aka Squarepusher returns with Damogen Furies, the latest in a long lineage of landmark LPs dating back to the classic Feed Me Weird Things in 1996. Advancing on the overwhelming, big-room theatrics of 2012 LP Ufabulum, Damogen Furies sees Jenkinson take it to the extreme; deploying harsh, exaggerated melodies woven into a perplexingly complex rhythmic tapestry of his trademarked scatter-gun drum breaks and twitchy IDM roots.
Any hopes of being eased in gently are quickly abolished with the punishing wallops of opener "Stor Eiglass," which are offset against stadium-ready, anthemic synth strings, whereas the darker "Baltang Ort" retains a more sinister edge with its undercoating of foreboding ambient texture. "Rayc Fire 2" and "Baltang Arg" explore a more aggressive form; regularly exploding into fits of sonic spasm, yet it’s the lush melodic touches and eye-watering breakdowns that prevent the sound from becoming excessive.
We’re also afforded the odd comic moment, such as the joyously hyped-up melodic ditty that sits in the mid-point of "Kontenjaz," or the glitchy, mind warping aural detonations that underpin "Exjag Nives." The menacing "Kwang Bass" brandishes the obligatory razor-sharp 303 line, setting up the gargantuan finale of "D Frozent Aac" which closes another visionary release from an artist intent on continually testing the possibilities of electronic music.
Squarepusher Damogen Furies Track Listing:
1. Stor Eiglass
2. Baltang Ort
3. Rayc Fire 2
5. Exjag Nives
6. Baltang Arg
7. Kwang Bass
8. D Frozent Aac