pete swanson

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  • pete swanson – ghost o’clock – self released

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    GOC recorded between camping trips when everyone was asleep june 2010.

  • beer damage – hobo on the face of music – our mouth

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    2013 release, edition of 250 copies.”This duo of Pete Swanson and Brian Sullivan go for the straight scuzz. Grey matter is sacrificed for damaged tones pinched through the loop in vague rhythms. Its not anywhere close to techno or anything like that… its more like the scattered ramblings of a discordant machine, drunk on software and freaking out for all the masses to hear.” – Our Mouth.

  • pete swanson – punk authority – mexican summer

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    “Following the devastating one-two punch of Man with Potential and Pro Style for Type Records, Pete Swanson returns to his deformed warehouse techno sound with Punk Authority. After leaving cornerstone US noise duo Yellow Swans, Swanson made it his mission to pull apart the techno genre by the seams. This four track stomper for Software Recording Co. is by far his most damaged solo offering to date. With a sly nod to Police Academy, ‘Punk Authority’ launches into a barrage of debauched, regressive noise punctuated by the kind of beats you’d more readily expect to find on an Underground Resistance 12″ (And that’s as effortlessly engaging as it sounds). Using a deceptively simple synthesizer/tape setup, Swanson siphons his club constructions through a hoarse mix of saturation and overdrive, resulting in something aggressive yet effortlessly foot pushing. Punk Authority might have the kind of surface grit you’d expect to come across on a hand-painted cassette tape, but at its heart is a vomited pulse half-heard through a Stuttgart toilet stall. Swanson has successfully re-tooled a genre to fit his needs, and this Punk Authority is his chance to really crack his bare knuckles.” Includes download code; hand-numbered edition of 1000 copies.

  • pete swanson – man with potential – type

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    lp & cd
    Much has been made of the re-emergence of beats in experimental music, but if you listened carefully enough to Pete Swanson’s output to this point you’ll realize those rhythms have been present for a long time. The New York-based artist might still be best known for being a member of now defunct noise duo Yellow Swans, but he’s made plenty of solo music since then, even if it has been quite difficult to obtain. Straddling a line between free guitar noise (‘I Don’t Rock At All’) and singed electronics (‘Challenger’), ‘Man With Potential’ shows that Swanson is unafraid to dive headfirst into the dank pulsing soundscapes that helped birth his old band.

    Where Yellow Swans used pulses to underpin their cascading white noise, Swanson here puts the chattering 140bpm percussion at center stage, not least on the album’s opening track, charmingly titled ‘Misery Beat’. Setting the stage for the music to follow, we are thrown headfirst into chattering synthesized squeals and dense kick drums before being smacked around the head with the kind of slippery noise lead we’ve not heard since ‘Going Places’. This is Birmingham techno filtered through the mists of the Pacific Northwest, and is all the better for it. Elsewhere ‘Remote View’ explores a more downtempo sound; coming across like post apocalyptic house music as heard from a club bathroom.

    With ‘Man With Potential’ Pete Swanson has crafted his most defining statement to date; a blistering collection of contemporary club music with a deafening noise twist. It might not be easy listening, but who said life had to be easy?