At first this new track by ‘epic collage‘ artist Elysia Crampton may have you wincing at its contrary elements. The trap hi-hats, digital snake hiss, cartoon cackling and 8-bit boss level warning horns can clutter your head, but that’s soon bypassed. These nervy tics are pacified by ornate synth pads, hi-def chimes and wide open spaces before it all caves in. It’s not a million miles away from the ultra-sharp edges on James Ferraro’s Far Side Virtual, or Future Brown‘s echoey R&B.
Petrichrist is the first sample of Crampton’s debut album American Drift, “a concept study that follows Virginian American history, exploring brownness as more than culture or othering, as geology”. The artist formerly known as E&E releases the LP on on FaltyDL’s Blueberry Records on July 31.