Sometimes it's the one-off experiments
that can be the most interesting. Without
the pressure of creating a "real"
album, artists can open themselves up
to more sponteneity, experimentalism,
and avenues they wouldn't normally take
on a proper project.
And so it is for the new Prefuse 73
release, Security Screenings. Don't
call it an album, that's coming and will
be out later. Security Screenings
is a thought boiled up by Scott Herron
in response to the post 9/11 environment
and where he is musically right now.
Apparently he had either a real bad time
in the airports of the world while promoting
his last album, or just had a lot of time
in airports period. One minute you're
in Woody Allen New York. The next you're
in bluesy Chicago. Then it's off to Hip-hop
It's a schizo-phrenetic, jumpy/smooth,
anxious/relaxing set of tracks, rocking
you back and forth, in and out of your
comfort zone, challenging your ears and
your attention span at every step. It's
complex and mathematical in some parts,
smooth and flowing in others. It never
really settles in one place for too long.
It's eighteen songs, the longest one
is 3:45 and the shortest is 28 seconds.
Most only last 1-2 minutes. They're short,
digestible, and disposable. If they can't
snatch you from the jaws of complacency,
then you might be beyond hope.
Security Screenings provides great
tracks for using
your MP3 player on shuffle - each one
is it's own little
gem of a short musical daydream. You get
an interesting audio blurb of a surreal
soundscape before you go back
to a conventional song in your playlist.
Security Screenings Track List: 01 The Letter:
02 With Dirt and Two Texts-- Afternoon
03 Illiterate Interlude
04 Keeping Up With Your Quota
05 No Special Bed
06 Weight Watching
07 When the Grip Lets You Go
08 Always It's Gonna Be Like That
09 Creating Cyclical Headaches [ft. Four
10 Awakening to a...
11 With Dirt and Two Texts-- Later Version
12 No Origin
13 One Star and Three Stripes
14 Mud in Your Breath
16 Matrimonioids... (for: Elivin + Susana
17 We Leave You in a Cloud of Thick Smoke
and Sleep Outro [ft. Babatunde Adebimpe]