Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Recording: Cares

Artist: Cares

Song: [second movement]*

Recorded at The Steady Café, April 23, 2017.

Cares - [second movement]

Often when I see James Beardmore in performance, it's in situations that tilt towards improvisation and/or collaboration. This one, however, showed off the more structured work that can be heard on his recent releases, deploying deeply-manipulated youtube samples and other found sounds in collaged popsong slurries. Playing in front of some glitch-animated stock photos representing visions of capitalistic success reinforced some of those same themes wriggling under the surface in his tapes.

* There was certainly a deliberate structure here, but I'm not sure if this corresponds to any of Cares' formal pieces — I hear some similarities to, say, "Professional Network" at the start of this extract, and "Chair Throwing Meditation" at the end. So I'm not sure what to go with as a title to this one — please leave a comment if you have any ideas!

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