Ian Svenonius, as Escape-ism, to release debut solo album on Merge Records!

September 4, 2017

 Ian Svenonius to release
debut solo album
Introduction to Escape-ism 
on Merge Records

On November 10Escape-ism—the solo moniker of D.C. man-about-town Ian Svenonius—will release his debut record Introduction to Escape-ism on Merge Records.

Stereogum have premiered the first single,  “Almost No One (Can Have My Love)” which you can listen and share HERE

Introduction to Escape-ism shouldn’t only be reviewed in the music press but in the “world affairs” column of a conspiracy-minded newspaper, on a hot-rod review TV show, or possibly at an important conference by a renowned astrophysicist. It’s that important!

Why? Because it’s the first “solo” record by Ian Svenonius—of groups The Make-Up, Chain & the Gang, XYZ, Weird War, etc. and author of underground bestsellers such as The Psychic SovietSupernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ’n’ Roll Group, and Censorship Now!!—and as such, it’s profound, prophetic, perverse, and poetic… It’s introverted glitter, violence against the state, obsessive desire; it stomps on convention, shreds constitutions, clobbers pre-conceived notions of what a record can be.

Yes, that’s right: a single-person performance by I.F. Svenonius—recognized by Performer Magazine as the “greatest performer on the planet”—Introduction to Escape-ism is a bite into a one-banana bunch.

A drum box, a guitar, a cassette player, and a single slobbering, sinful voice singing out…for a way out. Live, it’s a new paradigm of performance: raw, gestural, idiotic, sublime, revolutionary, poetic, faux naïf, unknowing, a drainage pipe that leads to who knows where.

Watch the trailer, Svenonius made to promote the album HERE

Pre-order Introduction to Escape-ism now on CD and limited-edition white vinyl in the Merge store, or via one of these digital providers. All physical orders will include an Escape-ism button, while supplies last.

Both Escape-ism and The Make-Up will be on tour in the US, so be sure to follow Ian on Instagram and Facebook for updates, as well as the trusty Merge tours page.

Photo Credit: Jen Dessinger

Escape-ism on tour in the US:

Sep 9 Raleigh, NC — Kings OCSC / Merge Records Day Show w/ Bat Fangs, et al
Sep 12 Northampton, MA — TBA
Sep 13 Boston, MA — Deep Thoughts w/ Bugs and Rats
Sep 23 Washington, DC — Comet Ping Pong w/ Light Beams
Oct 4 Takoma Park, MD — Rhizome w/ Selector Dub Narcotic & Gauche
Nov 9 Washington, DC — DC9 w/ The Blow

The Make-Up: 
Sep 8 Raleigh, NC — Hopscotch Festival
Sep 10 New York, NY — Seaport Music Festival
Oct 11 Los Angeles, CA — The Echo
Oct 12 Los Angeles, CA — The Echo
Oct 14 Joshua Tree, CA — Desert Daze Festival

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