Prefuse 73 announces two volumes

Prefuse 73 announces two new releases:
Prefuse 73

Prefuse 73’s new project will be released in two volumes, inspired by the Japanese character Zaotichi, on !K7 Records. The first volume, The Lapse Of Exchange, will appear on 20 October; the second volume, Alone Moving Often, on 17 November. Both albums will be released digitally and on vinyl as well as a double-CD.

From the 1971 Spanish translation of a popular Japanese film and TV character comes the inspiration for a strange and haunting series of sonic vignettes. Like the character from which it takes its name — Zatōichi, a blind masseur and gambler who is also a skilled swordsman — the music coalesced outside the familiar contexts of rhythms, genres and tropes. Written over a period of two years in the heart of New York City and the nearby countryside, the two albums that form the Reto A Ichi debut represent a return of sorts for their creator, Guillermo Scott Herren. Known for challenging norms and forging new paths as Prefuse 73, with this new project Herren hews closer to the light touches and compositional aspirations of early aliases like Delarosa & Asora and Savath & Savalas. But even those references only explain so much. Reto A Ichi is a project that aims far beyond the easy expectations of genre, instead seeking to draw listeners into the unexpected, blind but never without guidance.

Reto A Ichi is a sonic tabula rasa for Guillermo Herren. There are identifiable elements of the artist you already know — an uncanny sense for rhythm, an ability to shape samples and frequencies like clay, an affinity for the subtle changes of repetition — yet this is first and foremost music born from the need for silence. There is no easy entrance point or index for the listener. Like a blind swordsman, swinging at the air, you must simply feel your way in and let the music envelope you whole.

Reto A Ichi
Alone Moving Often
17 November 2017 – LP and digital

These Times Are Closing
Gambling In The Snow
Let The Pianos Freeze
No Juntos
It’s Her Birthday
A Sword In The Rain
Zato Lullaby
All Regrets
The Leaning Tower Of Our Leaders
Tuesday Always Awful
Percussions, Hearts And Airs
Broad Plant Pt. 2
These Times Are changing

Reto A Ichi
The Lapse of Exchange
20 October 2017 – LP and digital

The World According To West 50th Pt. 1
So Contra
Pforever Reto
The World According To West 50th Pt. 2
Duration Meditation
Everything In The Air
Magazine PM
Alone Moving Often
Noise Counter Melody
Mountainside Hillside
Ghost Arpeggio
I Think I’m Calm. I Think I’m Dry
Monday Be The Worst