Austin blues rock band Identify Sayers is a kind of not-so-well-kept secrets and techniques that indie followers uncover and fall in love with on the ancillary gigs round Austin Metropolis Limits or SXSW. As smoky and bluesy as a Lord Huron or a Hozier however with a decidedly grungy bent to maintain them from being lumped in with the the sometimes-too-contrived indie people style, Identify Sayers space native gem in a metropolis filled with native gems. That mentioned, we right here at EDM are prepared to guess nobody noticed Identify Sayer frontman Devin James Fry branching out into electronica as a solo act coming. Effectively right here’s one other shock, indie rock followers: he’s been doing it for 9 years.
Let’s qualify this a bit: Fry simply began making his personal beats in his most up-to-date tracks, “Purple Glue” and “No Hope.” His first solo album Headwater Songs in 2013, in actual fact, was much more blues-and-folk-informed than his band. Actually, this album launched earlier than Identify Sayers’ first EP 4 Goals. Radicans, Fry’s first digital-leaning solo album truly got here out in 2020. A mixture of acoustic, Gipsy Kings-style guitars, bluesy vox and drums and post-punk songwriting a’la Nick Cave, the one digital manufacturing comes from easy ambient sound design but it surely’s nonetheless there.
So all that mentioned, “Purple Glue” and “No Hope” are a departure for Fry to say the least. Launched as a duo, it appears with these two tracks Fry needed to deliver that publish punk taste from Radicans to his very first digital tracks. “Purple Glue” is decidedly essentially the most publish punk of the 2, with Fry’s wealthy, bluesy Tom Waits-esque voice smoothing out the perimeters of the gravely journey hop beat and synths. There’s an industrial high quality there was effectively, once more from these uncooked synths and the echoey sound design in addition to the type of desolation within the vox and twisting of notes. It’s what one would suppose Ian Curtis may need performed if he’d survived, had entry to fashionable gear and instantly misplaced his tone deafness. Publish punk turns into publish rock turns into publish…industrial? Fascinating concept and it positively makes “Purple Glue” a innovative monitor.
“No Hope” that includes Otem Rellik and Nat Tate is much more integrative of publish punk and industrial ambients with what’s primarily a entice beat. Fry and Tate’s looped vocal refrain grounds the monitor, or fairly, swirls it into an inky sonic abyss. Rellik comes over the entire heavy Bauhaus-gone-digital mess with verse that’s half rap and half spoken phrase a’la John Cooper Clarke to actually drive residence the verbal level in no unsure phrases. The impact of this collaboration is nearly a extra bluesy, industrial and dystopian model of mid-era Gorillaz. Is that this publish punk hip hop? We definitely hope so.
With “No Hope” and “Purple Glue,” Devin James Fry appears to not solely be increasing into digital and scratching some type of digital itch that none of us knew was even there, however he would possibly even be creating new genres alongside the way in which. That is why it’s vital to at all times maintain one’s eye on Austin if one desires to remain within the know with music. Even the artists like Fry and his Identify Sayers who look like they’re all classic indie people can instantly come out with some loopy trap-laced hip hop. “Hold Austin bizarre,” certainly, and together with his solo tracks wanting simply as widespread on Spotify because the Identify Sayers ones, we are able to seemingly count on much more publish punk, indie pop, weird-ass electronica.