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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Psyche Origami lightens up with Flagship

click to enlarge RESETTING THE STANDARD: Psyche Origami

Like a ninja stealing away on a quest for spiritual enlightenment, Psyche Origami slipped out of public view some time ago.

When MC Wyszstyk and DJs Synthesis and Dainja dropped their 2005 full-length, The Standard, they were Atlanta’s premiere indie hip-hop trio. It was an intricate concept album that came off as ambitious, but was a solid confluence of the group’s heady lyricism, jazz, funk and turntablism. It beckoned to the beats and rhymes of the ’90s, when De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest and Digable Planets reigned supreme. But after touring extensively and watching their label Arc the Finger Records fall apart, the future of the group became cloudy. “We took a year off to gather our thoughts,” says Wyszstyk (née Charles Gilbert). “After being a touring, independent hip-hop act for five-plus years and watching the label dissolve, we had to reach back into ourselves and figure out what we wanted to, or if we wanted to keep doing it at all.”

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