Boomkat Product Review:
Brilliantly weird new album-cum-mixtape from Steven Warwick (aka Heatsick) for PAN, mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M, artwork by Bill Kouligas
Already a singular voice among the label’s colourfully plumed, dissident chorus, Nadir marks Warwick out as a distinctive artist of conscientiously economical production values and melancholic temperament, but with a smartly sardonic sense of humour which feels more necessary than ever within the contemporary field.
The label inform us that Nadir “…utilises a new sonic repertoire allowing for a new route for his music” which acts as a sort of “reset in a way, creatively and emotionally”, although they stop short of informing us what that repertoire was crafted on. It sounds like computers, software, although we could be wrong. But it’s definitely a marked change from the single Casio keyboard he used to generate his ace Heatsick sides.
Warwick spent the time since those records mooching in and around L.A. and Berlin, and the putative feel of both those cities has bled into Nadir; from the silicon beach seduction of Playa and the wistfully baroque tone of Get It Together, which are both melodically comparable with L.A. studies by James Ferraro and Maxwell Sterling, thru to the dry, scudding techno abstractions of Low Ceiling and Carry or the strangely unsettling observations lent from Nicolson Baker’s novel The Mezzanine, which could just as easily describe any of the shiny new plazas and their shared, neutral headspaces in Berlin or L.A.
Overall, the vibe is quiet and one of disciplined avant-pop restraint, at once baroque and dub-wise in its austerity, yet made far more intimate thru the strange disjunct of Warwick’s vocals, which range from just-woken-up to nonchalant disaffection, rhythmic and totally deadpan.
We recommend getting acquainted right away.