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Rabit, Zed Kenzo, Noxroy + Auscultation

  • Art In 1444 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)
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There are several influential elements to keep in mind when listening to Les Fleurs Du Mal, the new album from Rabit, moniker of Houston producer Eric Burton. Poet Charles Baudelaire, whose own work gave Burton the name of the record, is an obvious one. Current 93's David Tibet, with whom Burton communicated while in the process of creating Les Fleurs Du Mal, as well as spaciously disorienting, industrial outfit Coil, come to mind in the album's sonic and mystic elements. Rabit's work also shows up in affiliation with Chino Amobi and Elysia Crampton—two artists who, like Rabit, are paving the way for post-genre electronic music. Burton also collaborated with Björk on her latest release, Utopia. But Les Fleurs Du Mal stands on its own as an incredibly personal creation, perhaps removed in some way from outside influences. There is much that deserves to be unfolded in the record, though it is hard to say how much material is there for a listener to parse. Much like Baudelaire's poetry, Les Fleurs Du Mal embraces a sense of decadence, both beautiful and grotesque—often at the forefront, sometimes hidden in esoteric references. —Emili Earhart

Earlier Event: November 17
CANCELED: Jeff Garlin
Later Event: November 17
Fox Face, No Hoax, Cool Building (free)