Escape-ism - Introduction To Escape-ism
Introduction to Escape-ism by Escape-ism isn‰۪t a typical record. Oh, sure, it looks like one, with a label in the center and mysterious grooves etched on a sleek, black disc that glints in the light with a perverse air of knowing treachery. And sure, when a diamond needle is dragged through said groove, it shrieks and sputters with the familiar range of ‰ÛÏrock ‰۪n‰۪ roll‰ sound effects: low-frequency bass, high-end hi-hat stutters, and a middlebrow voice that gasps and cries for love, justice, redemption, insurrection, everything. And yes, Introduction‰Û_ reacts like a normal record to direct sunlight; it suffers silently until giving evidence of its agony with an awful ‰ÛÏwarp.‰ Its cover is even like a normal record jacket: glossy cardstock with a cool design, group name, song titles, record label information, and the like. But this disc is different. It shouldn‰۪t only be reviewed in the music press but in the ‰ÛÏworld affairs‰ column of a conspiracy-minded newspaper, on a hot-rod review TV show, or possibly at an important conference by a renowned astrophysicist. It‰۪s that important! Why? Because it‰۪s the first ‰ÛÏsolo‰ record by Ian Svenonius‰ÛÓof groups The Make-Up, Chain & the Gang, XYZ, Weird War, etc. and author of underground bestsellers such as The Psychic Soviet, Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‰۪n‰۪ Roll Group, and Censorship Now!!‰ÛÓand as such, it‰۪s profound, prophetic, perverse, and poetic‰Û_ It‰۪s introverted glitter, violence against the state, obsessive desire; it stomps on convention, shreds constitutions, clobbers pre-conceived notions of what a record can be. Yes, that‰۪s right: a single-person performance by I F Svenonius‰ÛÓrecognized by Performer Magazine as the ‰ÛÏgreatest performer on the planet‰‰ÛÓIntroduction to Escapeism is a bite into a one-banana bunch. A drum box, a guitar, a cassette player, and a single slobbering, sinful voice singing out‰Û_ for a way out. Live, it‰۪s a new paradigm of performance: raw, gestural, idiotic, sublime, revolutionary, poetic, faux naÌøf, unknowing, a drainage pipe that leads to who knows where. Escape-ism‰۪s Introduction to Escape-ism isn‰۪t just the soundtrack for a late-night drive on a lonely interstate, or a platter played to incite abandon at a pajama party with one‰۪s pals. It‰۪s also a tunnel to tomorrow. It‰۪s a mineshaft to the motherlode.
Ltd LP - indies-only white vinyl