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Culture is more rapidly-digested than ever before. The amount of messages we are exposed to on a daily basis could possibly rival the production of individual thought. "He's a Survivor" is an exploration of this concept: what happens when more is perceived than could be made sense of? Fragmented, partial understandings. Cut-ups, modular electronics, and tape loops are used to create a temporary insanity.
Review by Ryan Masteller, Tabs Out
"Lookee here – I ASSUME I’m being bombarded to the point of insanity at all times by all media through all channels, and I do this so that I’m ready for anything. Yeah, we’re all insatiable gluttons of culture who maul and masticate and swallow and digest anything and everything that crosses our path. But we should all understand that I’m at the pinnacle of processing signals and retaining the information that’s beamed at me. I honestly have no equal.
Greathumour (North Carolina, not British) tries to keep up with me, and provides me with the challenge I so desperately want and/or need. (No, it’s “want.” I don’t “need” anything.) “He’s a Survivor” sets off some minor warning signs, as this title suggests Max Eastman, the artist behind the Greathumour moniker, has seen some shit. Depending on the intensity level of said shit, I may be in for a bit of a ride. Honestly, I’m not counting on losing this fight, so … challenge accepted.
“Dying for Cigarettes” is on and I’ve already won, because I’m not a smoker (athlete). Still, media is beamed in through bursts of static and melting tape loops, and I’ll tell you, if you’re not as prepared as I am, you might be in for a little bit of a ride here – “He’s a Survivor” is actually not for the faint of heart. “Bastardization Index” comprises the second side, but I don’t really have a context for that – I’m just sitting here, cool as a cucumber, not breaking a sweat as sirens and lasers and radio programs blast me from all sides. OK, maybe I broke a little bit of a sweat, but it’s not that much! You have to train, after all, Take it from an athlete like me.
OK, I’m pretty sure I can stimulus-intake any of you goons under the table. You’ll get knocked out by “He’s a Survivor,” but I’ll be fine."
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If you're looking for the sound of kindling dread and cold alienation, this is the album for you. I'm used to Deathbed Tapes' output being a sonic assault, and artists whose approach to sound is to invariably push it "into the red". This however is so much more subtler, it's gentler pace drawing-in curious listeners, enveloping them in it's all too intriguing darkness. Ben Harris