Perc – Bitter Music
キュビスムや未来派の影響を受けて、1910年代半ば（1913年または1914年）にイギリスに興った、美術（および詩）に関する運動およびそのグループ’ヴォーティシズム (Vorticism)’が使用されたadult_art_clubのジャケット・アートワーク。それがPercのBitter Musicのすべてを物語っている。
Perc – Bitter Music (preview)
Perc (aka London based Ali Wells) returns with ‘Bitter Music’, his third album following ‘Wicker & Steel’ (2011) and ‘The Power And The Glory’ (2014). As before the album will see a release on his own Perc Trax imprint, giving Perc the complete creative control needed to realise his vision of what should be a milestone release for both himself and Perc Trax.
Originally a very inward looking album when work started on it in March 2016 the extensive political change happening in both the UK and around the world forced the album to widen its perspective. By the time the album was finished in December, it was clear that the sentiment of tracks such as ‘Look What Your Love Has Done To Me’ was as equally applicable to the micro politics of person relationships as it was to concerns for the future of a country in a state of flux.
Pre-production for the album begun at Eve Studios, a residential studio just outside of Manchester, UK which specialises in collecting and restoring equipment salvaged from the sadly defunct BBC Radiophonic Workshop. The palette of sounds created during these sessions lends the album the sound of early electro-acoustic experimentation, especially evident on tracks such as ‘Wax Apple’.
Live instrumentation also plays a larger role on this album than on any previous Perc releases with Wells playing piano on many tracks and Ian East’s flute playing featuring on ‘Chatter’. The album also features a number of vocal collaborations including one with Gazelle Twin. Post-production, mixing and arranging was done at Perc’s North London studio before the album was mastered by Perc Trax’s regular mastering engineer Matt Colton.
Sonically the album takes in everything from strung out vocal treatments to the type of warehouse rabble rousers Perc has made his own since his very first releases. More dance floor focussed than his previous albums yet pulling from a wider range of sounds ‘Bitter Music’ shows a development and maturing of Wells’ music that could not have been foreseen just a few years ago.
Delicately balancing the personal and the political ‘Bitter Music’ stands apart from most recent techno albums as it continually pushes outwards rather than concerning itself with the microscopic refinement of already established sounds. It is an album unafraid to take chances from an artist continually looking for his next step forwards.
Perc: Alistair Wells
Perc, aka Ali Wells, is an internationally touring DJ and label owner.
Perc founded his label, Perc Trax, in 2004 as a vehicle for his own productions, but has developed a roster that now includes several other artists.
London based label owned and run by Ali Wells aka Perc. Releasing techno, industrial and experimental music on all formats. Key artists include Truss, Forward Strategy Group, Mondkopf, Sawf and Perc himself. In 2013 Perc Trax launched an additional sub-label called Perc Trax Ltd.
Perc – Bitter Music
Perc Trax – TPTLP008
2 × Vinyl, 12″, 33 ⅓ RPM, Album, Stereo
12 May 2017
Techno, Industrial, Experimental
A1 Unelected 5:47
A2 Exit 4:39
B1 The Thought That Counts 6:51
B2 Wax Apple 5:04
C1 Spit Vocals – Aja Ireland 5:54
C2 Chatter Flute – Ian East 5:03
D1 Look What Your Love Has Done To Me Vocals – Gazelle Twin 7:22
D2 After Ball 5:57
Written and produced by Perc
Artwork by Adult Art Club
Perc – Unelected (Perc Trax)
Taken from the Perc album ‘Bitter Music’. Available now at https://perctrax.bandcamp.com/album/b… and all other good stores.
Video created by Bernhard Fasenfest & Kevin Roark Jr.
Perc – Spit