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Gavin Rayna Russom palms out a loose and wiry jag for Barcelona’s Modern Obscure Music, leaning heavily on a knackered acid bent (and seemingly many of the buttons in her keyboard at once) for the soundtrack to a self-made film about transition in a broader context of capitalism and death..
“After a string of releases with dancefloor intent, Barcelona based MOM returns to its more experimental side with NO MORE WHITE PRESIDENTS . For this, Modern Obscure Music welcomes Black Meteoric Star (DFA/Nation) aka Gavin Rayna Russom to the label. NO MORE WHITE PRESIDENTS is an experimental film directed by Russom and soundtracked by her Black Meteoric Star alias. This 12” contains 3 choice excerpts from the soundtrack, the whole of which she self-released last year as limited edition cassette. This is the first time any of this music has seen a vinyl release.
At the start of 2017, Gavin Rayna Russom came out as a trans woman and her transition is one of the themes explored in NO MORE WHITE PRESIDENTS , as well as broader topics such as capitalism and death. She has been releasing music since 1997 under her own name and a string of aliases. Russom collaborated with Delia Gonzalez on the acclaimed Days Of Mars in 2005, where they explored keyboard hypnotics. Russom was the driving force behind The Crystal Ark with Viva Ruiz, and for the last few years has been an integral part of LCD Soundsystem.
The music of NO MORE WHITE PRESIDENTS is dark and claustrophobic yet exciting. As far as the dancefloor goes, it is suitable only for the darkest of clubs. Stealth Technology features punishing beats, oscillating acidic synth lines and a growling bass. Three Trains is a short track where tape hiss drifts over a tough rhythmic section and a dark bassline. Coffin Maker finishes the release with jarring oscillating synths, angular beats and waves of acid. Not for the faint hearted!”