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PUBLIC MEMORY announces debut album ‘Wuthering Drum’ or March 18th on felte- New track ‘Ringleader’ online now

January 6, 2016
Samantha Pease

Samantha Pease

 

PUBLIC MEMORY

 DEBUT ALBUM WUTHERING DRUM ANNOUNCED
SET FOR RELEASE ON MARCH 18 VIA FELTE
HEAR NEW SINGLE ‘RINGLEADER’ NOW

Darkness prevails on the track [Ringleader] like Massive Attack’s ghoulish ‘Risingson’ given a makeover by Pure X” – New Music of the Day, NME
“’Lunar’ absolutely glimmers” – Stereogum
Slow and brooding, a dark thought manifestation from the astral realm.” – Earmilk

Today we announce the debut album from a new artist we’re really looking forward to introducing you to this year. Public Memory has confirmed his intoxicating debut album ‘Wuthering Drum’ for release viafelte on March 18th and has shared a second track.

New track Ringleader’ captures Public Memory’s unique blend of propulsive beats, entrancing drones & shimmering staccato flourishes. Laid back, hypnotic & bracing in equal measures; spectral vocals meld with delicate piano against hip hop beats and a dub sensibility, conjuring clouded lights, foggy glass in empty buildings, urban wraiths.

Public Memory is the solo project of Brooklyn’s Robert Toher, recorded over the course of a year as he lived in Los Angeles temporarily. Previously of the group ERAAS, Robert places a greater emphasis on electronics in this new project. Rhythm is at the forefront, with the tone informed by stripped down, narcotic impressions of krautrock, hypnotic percussion, and subtly layered atmospherics.

To call it minimal would, on the surface, seem appropriate. Wuthering Drum does not need an abundance of flashes and frills to illustrate its point, nor does it need smoke and mirrors to mask a lack of vision. However, repeated listens yield layers of tonal variations, textural nuance, and tastefully placed overdubs. The Korg MS-20 does the lion’s share of tonal work, but listen carefully to the percussion and try to see where electronic ends, organic begins, and vice-versa.

There is a slightly religious or spiritual element at Wuthering Drum’s core; a sense of being in an existential crisis, while simultaneously being uplifted, in the face of change. The focus is on a kind of renewal, but not in the New Age, aggressively positive sense. This is the search for redemption in a far away place, away from comfort; it is adjustment to an inner dissonance, rather than the washing over of past fears and regrets with sterile holy waters.

Wuthering Drum will be released in March 18, 2016.
Pre-order now at felte’s webstore: http://bit.ly/1lhkzoR.

Wuthering Drum tracklist:

1. Heir
2. Mirror
3. Ringleader
4. Domino
5. Cul De Sac
6. As Your Wish
7. Interfaith
8. Zig Zag
9. Earwig
10. Lunar

Wuthering Drum artwork:

Links:

Public Memory on Facebook
Public Memory on Twitter
Public Memory on Instagram
Public Memory on Bandcamp

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