Operator Unveil “Puzzlephonics I” with FACT Magazine

October 8, 2015

photo courtesy of EyeBodega


Operator Share Puzzlephonics I Full EP Stream with FACT Magazine

EP Due out this Friday, October 9th

EP Release Event “Gesamtkunstwerk” Friday at Brooklyn’s Reverse Gallery

Operator are sharing Puzzlephonics I, the band’s debut EP in full today via FACT Magazine. Due out on October 9th, the band’s “melted krautrock” sound slinks and convulses throughout their soaring debut, a promising beginning for the Brooklyn based quartet led by Dara Hirsch (1989 Recordings) and Jared Hiller (Shark? / L0rez Effects). The band will celebrate the release of the album this Friday at Brooklyn’s Reverse Gallery with a special presentation, known simply as “Gesamtkunstwerk”. Details about the evening can be found below.

Operator’s infectious krautrock rhythms and interlocking analog synth grooves burn their way into your consciousness like a well oiled machine on Puzzlephonics I and yet… this is only the beginning. The EP is an expansive and hypnotic blend of noise pop, motorik rhythms, and skronky experimentation at it’s finest, a well crafted voyage of analog synth grooves and manipulated guitars. The first piece of the puzzle has been revealed, though Operator are merely getting started.

FACT Magazine shared the exclusive premiere, sharing “If DIY has been reduced to something of a buzzword, Operator embody the term in its truest sense. Their debut EP is self-produced, self-released, self-designed — they even built all their pedals from scratch. That kind of control shows in the focused propulsion of Puzzlephonics I, which manages to lock you into its hypnotic rush with only a few songs.” Expanding upon the band’s influences, FACT added, “‘Mr. Director’ shows a clear admiration for Stereolab with its motorik pulse, analogue squelches, and cooed backing vocals, but Operator feel like part of a distinct New York lineage.”

Operator are excited for “Gesamtkunstwerk,” their upcoming album release show event this coming Friday, October 9th at Brooklyn’s Reverse Gallery. “Gesamtkunstwerk” is a presentation of the synthesis of sound and sight. Musical performances from Operator and SOFTSPOT as “Studies for Figure Painting” will be joined by works from Kenny Batu, EyeBodega, Landen Griffith, Lauryn S. Siegel, and Micaela Terk.

This is an early show. Open gallery at 7. Bands begin at 8. Food and beverages by James Peach included with price of entry ($10). An event that plays to all of your senses. Don’t miss out.

Upcoming Shows:

10/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Reverse Gallery *RECORD RELEASE* w/ SOFTSPOT (as ‘Studies for Figure Painting’)
10/14 – New York, NY @ Elvis Guesthouse w/ Big Ups, Vundabar, & more (CMJ Showcase)

10/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right w/ Shocking Pinks
11/07 – Brooklyn, NY @ Secret Project Robot (CAB Festival) w/ Shmu, Meth Dad, Zula, SOFTSPOT, Gemma, & Celestial Shore
Pulling inspiration from artists such as Stereolab and Beak>, Operator’s sound is marked by warbling analogue synthesizers, driving motorik beats and waves of feedback noise. What ultimately defines their sound is their aesthetic malleability, the weaving of influences from krautrock to art pop to electronic minimalism, all while never appearing too serious, or too silly. The initial concept was born from the collective minds of Dara Hirsch (guitar/synth/vox) and Jared Hiller (guitar/synth/vox), but was not fully realized until Adrian Price-Whelan (bass), and Landen Griffith (drums) were recruited. The tracks off their first EP, Puzzlephonics I, were mixed by Hirsch (1989 Recordings) and displays Hiller’s (L0/rez Effects) innovative approach to electronic circuitry and textures. The cover art was designed by Griffith, who also acts as the band’s art director.
Puzzlephonics I tracklist:
[artwork by Landen Griffith]

1. I, Banana [stream/embed]
2. Requirements [stream/embed]
3. Mr. Director
4. Trauma

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