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Hyperdub virus carrier Lee Gamble initiates a new, conceptual triptych with his ‘In A Paraventral Scale EP’, which will feed into the ‘Flush Real Pharynx’ album in 2019
Hypothesising on the idea of the ’Semioblitz’, in his own words: “the aggressive onslaught of visual & sonic stimuli of contemporary cities and virtual spaces”; the London-based Brummie offers a closer, yet more diffuse examination of the causes behind his ‘Mnestic Pressure’ album, which itself dealt more broadly with the hypermodern condition of sensory bombardment that anyone living in urbanised areas have felt and experienced, whether explicitly, or unknowingly and subconsciously.
Partly echoing Mark Fisher’s notions about the adverse links between capitalist realism and mental health, in concept and effect Lee’s 7 concise tracks feel to limn the exoteric soundsphere of life in dense city areas, shared spaces where we’re ubiquitously hammered with slogans, “seductive” advertising and even subliminal messaging such as the hyper directional speakers attached to billboards described in Steve Goodman’s essential ‘Sonic Warfare’ tome.
If those commonly accepted facets of everyday life can be considered as exerting a sort of sferic, psychic damage upon their recipients, Lee’s music can be heard to simultaneously diagnose and offers a sort of therapy for the condition. Using language of cinematic sound design, the dynamic of the street (the doppler effect, overheard conversations), and the reverberations of club music, the EP moves quick and slow, patiently yet swiftly flowing the gaseous olfactory/visual sonic synaesthetia of ‘Fata Morgana’ to the polytheistic ambient hyperrealism of ‘Many Gods, Many Angels’ via bittersweetly anxious arps of ‘Folding’, somehow soothingly brutal psychoacoustics in ‘BMW Shuanghuan X5’, and the paradoxical state of static flight in the rapid-eye electro flux of ‘In The Wreck Room’.