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Sonder Somatic

by Bruce

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Dominic Saraceno
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Dominic Saraceno Digging the use of FSOL's Cascade here. Overall a solid release, with plenty of detail to lose yourselff Favorite track: Meek.
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Cone Why the Pitchfork review of this album used a "THANOS METAPHOR THANOS METAPHOR" to describe one of the tracks on this album I have no idea. Favorite track: Patience St Pim.
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Camryn Marquez The bass is strong with this one. I’ve read that Bruce wanted to pay tribute to Hessle Audio’s long history of idiosyncratic bass mutations, and I think he’s certainly done that. These tracks are delectable. You totally hear the Jamaican influence in Ore, you’d have to be deaf not to. But, ultimately the greatest tribute Bruce offers is his own idiosyncrasies as a producer. His mangled and warmly bass tones, a hauntology of dubstep? Maybe, but the presentation shows an appreciation for the greater confluence of the unique set of cultural influences that came together to produce this kind of approach to electronic music. Big ups, Bruce and Hessle Audio. Favorite track: Cacao.
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Bruce – AKA Larry McCarthy – is set to release his debut album Sonder Somatic this October on UK imprint Hessle Audio. The album packs 11 singular UK club tracks that evoke a distinctly emotive and dense energy, channelling detailed sound designs, tangled textures and club anthems for 2018 and beyond.

The record is deeply varied in styles, ideas and tempos; from the tight rhythmic groove of album opener 'Elo' to the weaponised onslaught of ominous club cuts 'What' and 'Cacao' - through drifting, meditative techno and the skeletal sound design of 'Ore' and 'Baychimo.' Each track shifts the tonal mood in subtle and distinct ways, whilst retaining a consistent icy sound palette infused with colour and human warmth.

The shapeshifting Hessle Audio imprint is run by Pearson Sound, Ben UFO and Pangaea. For over ten years, through their combined tastes they have continued to unravel and explore the edges of sounds and ideas from the wider dance music scene, across the boundaries of the functional and the experimental, with consistently innovative results. As a long time follower of the label, Bruce wanted to craft an album that continues their singular attitude and approach; incorporating vibes from UK soundsystem music as well as music from his home town of Bristol.

"From being a fan of their work from the very beginning, it's not only the music they have released that has informed my taste/work, but also the journey they have formed through the application of their attitude and approach." - Bruce

Much of Sonder Somatic was shaped by Bruce's own understanding of club culture as a whole, and predominantly his personal relationship with it both professionally and recreationally. The album was partly written as an attempt to capture that rare transformative feeling that can cause you to fully lose yourself in a club space, disconnecting from your immediate environment for a short time.

Sonder Somatic follows EPs for Timedance, Livity Sound, Idle Hands and Hemlock, and comes 4 years after his debut EP 'Not Stochastic' for Hessle Audio. The album pushes the boundaries of what club music can be whilst expertly refining his work as both a club producer and an experimental sound designer. With a unique sense of flair that sets him apart, Sonder Somatic is set to raise Bruce's profile across all corners of the dance world.

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released October 26, 2018

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Bruce Bristol, UK

Larry McCarthy creates postmodern rhythmic drama at the burning intersection of UK dance music. His music operates at all speeds without any predictable formula. Some tracks stutter and thump with cybernetic power; others flutter and glide in poignant shades of blurring colour. It’s a fragmented, low-frequency meltdown, evocative shimmers of light emanating from the cracks. ... more

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