Breaking a four year silence with her strongest album to date, Blevin Blectum‘s “Rapid Cooling” 12-inch ( a precursor to the full-length “Gular Flutter” CD) confirms her gift for making electronic music that is allergic to cliche.
Blectum‘s new songs throb with swarms of transient surface details, but they never come off as haphazard.
Asked about her title, Blevin notes that “Gular fluttering is the pulsation of the upper esophagus in some species of birds in response to heat-stress“, an oblique reference from avian anatomy that stems from her recently completed training as a veterinary technician. It’s a title that perfectly captures the mysteriously organic shifts that pulsate across this heavily processed music.
On Side A, “Cygnet” bursts into action, as martial drum rolls and distant horns bend and recombine around keening runs of strings in a manner that cops moves from Middle Eastern music and darkstep jungle but takes them in a wholly other direction (happily, Blevin‘s background as a classically trained violinist does more hovering than smothering in the midst of such delicate maneuvers). “Foyer Fire”
follows, and keeps things bumping with a stomping kick and a lasertag maze of chirping synth patterns.
Blevin has said that “99% of my music is about trying to keep your head above water“, and that mixture of liquidity, dread and endurance is at the heart of this release.
Side B contains the track “Avian Enamel“, a remix of Bay Area band Ellul. Threading field recordings and conversation across a lattice of tightly edited rhythm, this tricksy, elastic assemblage provides an an emphatic finale to a work that demonstrates just how personal, brave and autonomous electronic music can still be. Some things are worth waiting for.
BLEVIN BLECTUM (born Bevin Kelley) = polyphasic avitronic wordless sonic worldbuilding, sound vision costume object spectacle. Blevin is perhaps most infamously known as one half of the recently reformed and reunited groundbreaking digital duo Blectum From Blechdom (with Kevin Blechdom / Kristin Erickson), recipients of the 2001 Ars Electronica Award of Distinction in Digital Musics for their album “The Messy Jesse Fiesta“.
In 2013 she co-founded the electroacoustic-radioplayers The Traveling Bubble Ensemble with fellow sci-fi enthusiast and sibling Kelley Polar (Michael Kelley). Left to her own devices, Blevin produces turbulent electronics with a more oblique slant on the basic BFB sensation of things-not-quite-right-here, clanking, creaking grooves and anti-grooves as a coal-powered spacecraft from some poststeampunked parallel universe potentiality, puffing and straining as it struggles to reach escape velocity, conjured and bounced to the breaking/boiling point, generally fucked-with samples of everything from hand-slapped rain-drenched leaves in celestial courtship gardens and antique broken Beatnik banks to classic, utterly dancefloored, floridly dangerous disembodied-dismembered half-remembered vocals.
She can be heard in radio plays, electronic toys, theater spaces, film/television scores, advertisements, clubs, concert halls, headphones, and galleries.
She has releases on labels including Aagoo, Estuary Ltd., Tigerbeat6, DeluxeRecs, Praemedia, Vague Terrain, and Phthalo.
In May 2014, Bevin completed her PhD in Computer Music and Multimedia from Brown University.
She holds degrees in Violin Performance and English from Oberlin Conservatory and College (B.M., B.A., 1994), and in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College (M.F.A., 2009). She is also a Registered Veterinary Technician specializing in avian medicine (Western Career College, A.S., 2007). She recently received the 2014 RI Foundation MacColl Johnson Fellowship for Music Composition.
Formats : 12”EP/mp3
Catalog Number : AGO008
Barcode : No
Release Date : October 7 2007
A2. Foyer Fire
B1. Avian Enamel (With Apterial Ending)
EP : $9.00 + Shipping costs
Not eligible for UK or EU shipping.