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Yves Tumor, DJ Speedsick (free)

  • Memorial Union Play Circle 800 Langdon Street Madison, Wisconsin (map)

Yves Tumor makes abstract and confrontational pop. Info

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For the past few years, the moody experiments of Turin, Italy-based producer Yves Tumor have evolved rapidly and plummeted deep into uncharted territory. On 2018's Safe In The Hands Of Love, Tumor (née Sean Bowie) deconstructs elements of hip-hop, industrial, post-rock, emo, and R'n'B and melts them down into a potent tincture of abstract and confrontational pop. One of the album's biggest head-turners is "Lifetime," a melancholy pop tune that's guided along by the slanted, shuffling rhythms of Evan Johns—former drummer of nu-metal band Hurt. "I miss the days out in Biscayne / I miss my brothers," croons Tumor over a bed of ominously dreamy piano, murky synth bass, and drifting pads. Despite Tumor's pop elements coming deeper into focus on this album, "Hope In Suffering (Escaping Oblivion & Overcoming Powerlessness)"—a collaboration with post-industrial doom-bringer Puce Mary and Oshy—offers a confrontational counterbalance with its urgent spoken word, grueling textures, and no beat to lean into for comfort. —Joel Shanahan

Later Event: February 1
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