Monday, February 18, 2013

New noise from deadCAT and Britt Teusink

Posted By on Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 3:07 PM

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  • Ashley Dowling
Earlier this month, deadCAT mouthpiece Britt Teusink released "Meat," a new solo number that sheds the band's typically creepy skulk for a more naturalistic sound. Not since scraping out the twisted chords behind A. Grimes' equally gnarly noise-folk jams has Teusink spent this much time with a guitar - at least for a listening audience - and the break has prompted him to pursue a more organic approach to songwriting: a sound that's steeped in hazy lo-fi textures and ambiance, sans electronic instrumentation or sampling. Even the drum sounds heard in this song are made by pounding his fist against the body of his guitar.

Although "Meat" is the first number to leak from a forthcoming solo EP, the song's trajectory toward a less-caustic experience - combining the worlds of being both a producer and a folk musician - has become something of a theme for his next round of songs. Reining in a more refined palette while keeping the tone spontaneous is the mandate, which culminates here with an intimately personal song that would sound just as at home in a club as it would around a campfire.

On the surface, this seems like an intriguing change of pace for Teusink, but his prior solo offerings have never stayed in the same place for too long.

For more on this, check out the Older Women mixtape, which mostly features a collection of beats and song sketches. Then there are the random oddities floating around Teusink's and deadCAT's SoundCloud pages, each leaving plenty of room to roam around inside his body of work.

After all that, here's a brand new deadCAT number, titled "Wet Heat," from the forthcoming album Transientualism, due out March 10 as a digital release and cassette tape.

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