James Pants - Savage (LP + DL Card)
Here’s what this record is all about. 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.