This Friday, Public Memory aka Robert Toher will release ‘Wuthering Drum,’ his debut album via felte. In anticipation of its release, he’s streaming it in its entirety now – listen via Soundcloud below
‘Wuthering Drum’ can be pre-ordered now via the felte webstore, click here.
If you’ll be in Austin this week for SXSW be sure to catch Public Memory at the felte x Part Time Punks showcase, Tuesday night at Barracuda. Hes on at 8PM.
Public Memory is the solo project of Brooklyn’s Robert Toher, recorded over the course of a year as he lived in Los Angeles temporarily. Previously of the group ERAAS, Robert places a greater emphasis on electronics in this new project. Rhythm is at the forefront, with the tone informed by stripped down, narcotic impressions of krautrock, hypnotic percussion, and subtly layered atmospherics.
To call it minimal would, on the surface, seem appropriate. Wuthering Drum doesn’t need an abundance of flashes and frills to illustrate its point, nor does it need smoke and mirrors to mask a lack of vision. However, repeated listens yield layers of tonal variations, textural nuance, and tastefully placed overdubs. The Korg MS-20 does the lions share of tonal work, but listen carefully to the percussion and try to see where electronic ends, organic begins, and vice-versa.
There’s a slightly religious or spiritual element at Wuthering Drums core; a sense of being in an existential crisis, while simultaneously being uplifted, in the face of change. The focus is on a kind of renewal, but not in the New Age, aggressively positive sense. This is the search for redemption in a far away place, away from comfort; it’s adjustment to an inner dissonance, rather than the washing over of past fears and regrets with sterile holy waters.