Electronic musician Rjyan Kidwell began his career under the name Cex, delivering a wild combination of stream-of-consciousness rap and experimental dance music to an early-aughts audience that was in the midst of an infatuation with the edgy club-oriented sounds gathered under the umbrella term “electroclash.” But following his first blush of fame he began exploring far more esoteric methods and philosophies that are considerably less compatible with partying. His new album, Prosperity (released through his longtime label home Tigerbeat6), comes with a lengthy manifesto about the nature of indie fame in the Pitchfork era and its relation to the ongoing global economic meltdown.
Its lead single, if that’s even the proper term, is the 11-minute-long “Necromonks,” which Kidwell describes as being indebted to avant-garde composers like Steve Reich and Brian Eno, as well as obscure black-metal groups like Marblebog and Paysage d’Hiver. It’s ambient but far from soothing, built on a foundation of electronically manipulated texture that recalls the sheets of guitar noise that allow certain black-metal bands to push beyond shreddingly fast and into something approximating white noise, with electronic blips that are less soothing than unsettling. It may seem like something you can listen to as atmospheric background music while you work, but if you do, you might find the back of your mind filling up with an intense urge to burn the entire corrupt capitalist system to the ground. Hit the jump to enjoy.