Posted on May 11th, 2011 (12:00 pm) by Clayton Williamson

Producer Guillermo Scott Herren is the heart, brain and soul behind Prefuse 73, one of his many musical pseudonyms. Specializing in electronic sampling, beats and worldly pop hooks, The Only She Chapters (via Warp Records) explores a sonic palette of dark synth ambiance and stuttering grooves, all flowing without the rigid lines of typical song structures. As soon as an element has established its worthy credence, a new guitar buzz, glitchy rhythm or wordless yelp will overtake your speakers before any one thing wears out its welcome.

Many minutes will pass before you realize that Prefuse 73 is not bound to shadowy instrumentals. “The Only Hand to Hold” (featuring the vocal talents of Shara Worden from My Brightest Diamond) comes closest to resembling a conventional single, but anyone expecting an album full of ghostly sing-a-longs will be led astray by this ethereal red herring. Between all the noisy clicks and audio warps, a distant French vocal will slip into the sound stream during “The Only Repeat”, leaving you wondering whether you heard anything at all or your imagination now speaks foreign languages. Beyond those sparse instances, The Only She Chapters is a lonely affair, expansive and drifting in and out of electro melodies and riffs.

Without any truly stand out moments, The Only She Chapters blends together to make great background music, perfect for subconsciously influencing creative decisions. A few of the louder sounds in “The Only Direction in Concrete” may throw you out of your mental loop for a hot second, but Prefuse 73 usually sticks to keeping the ambiance low and tight.

Track List

1. The Only Recollection Of Where Life Stopped
2. The Only Valentine’s Day Failure
3. The Only Contact She's Willing To Give (feat. Faidherbe)
4. The Only Chamber Resolve
5. The Only Hand To Hold (feat. Shara Worden)
6. The Only Thief To Steal Tonality
7. The Only Trial Of 9000 Suns (feat. Trish Keenan)
8. The Only Way To Find (feat. Nico Turner)
9. The Only Test To Score
10. The Only Boogie Down (feat. Niki Randa)
11. The Only Direction In Concrete (feat. Zola Jesus)
12. The Only Recollection Of How Things Change
13. The Only Guitar To Die Alone (feat. Adron)
14. The Only Serenidad
15. The Only Lillies And Lilacs
16. The Only Lillies And Lilacs Pt. 2 (feat. Faidherbe)
17. The Only Repeat
18. The Only Recycled Intro

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