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Arnolfini - est 1961

With H & Cementimental

Since the early 2000s, Pete Swanson has released more CDRs, tapes and vinyl records than most countries release postage stamps. As a member of cult noise duo Yellow Swans, he amassed a worldwide following of noise fans swayed by the duo’s clamorous beats and screech combo and ability to carry their sound live just as much as they did on record.

As a solo artist, releasing on labels like Type and Blackest Ever Black, Swanson has continued to deliver, but unsurprisingly has been able to explore far more ground tonally. Whether tangling with the kind of corrupted rock you’d most likely find on a Keiji Haino album (see I Don’t Rock At All) or the sandblasted Surgeon-indebted 4/4 crunch of Man With Potential, Swanson has proved he can leave an indelible mark on any genre he tips his hat to; whether warbling incoherently, tackling an axe or wrestling with a synthesizer there’s always a sense that you’re listening to Pete Swanson.

With his most recent solo album, Man With Potential, Swanson has produced his first solo masterpiece. Its core is instantly recognizable as Swanson: wild, entirely improvised electronics wrought out of erratic hardware, then looped and edited into a whole of preternatural depth and musicality. – Kiran Sande, Fact Magazine


Support comes from Zamzam Records‘ H (drones and fuzz, mangled tapes and murky keyboards, and she recently released a split tape with the suprem noise activist Sudden Infant: 2012//NECROMANTIC 4D) and Cementimental (Multi-functional Noise Enterprise Program)

Further reading / listening:

FACT MAG interview

Man With Potential

Pro Style