The prolific Guillermo Scott Heren, sale man of many pseudonyms, is back with yet another release under his most noteworthy guise, Prefuse 73. One of the forefathers of the glitch-hop sound — an abstract, mostly instrumental and regularly angular take on hip-hop’s standard 4/4 — Prefuse builds upon an already stellar body of solid experimentalism with Preparations, again released on Warp. Guests on the record include Battle’s human/machine drummer John Stanier, experimental composer Tobias Lilja, and School of Seven Bells (ex. Secret Machines, On! Air! Library!)
While it may be a cause of distress for those anticipating an entirely different Prefuse sound, the 14 tracks on Preparations are vintage Prefuse. Nothing entirely unexpected, but sometimes, in an atmosphere where musicians seem to ride new trends with little or no hesitation, it’s good to stick to what you’re good at. And while I appreciate Heren’s clearly diverse musical tastes, few, if any of his other projects translates as personal and clearly realized as his Prefuse output. I think today’s post “Beaten Thursdays” makes this point more than apparent. When you got it, flaunt it.