It’s good to see Tom Jenkinson’s return to Squarepusher’s dark acid side still sounds as weird in 2012 as it ever did, perhaps even more so after a few years of aggressive nu-dubstep drops and hyper-charged electronic music. It’s the gigantic synth line that takes this track away from excursions into digital noise rhythm, inflecting the track with an opulence and ominous atmosphere. Synths that sound like road vehicles in hi-octane mode make ‘Dark Steering’ would fit perfectly into the Tron: Legacy soundtrack. Tom Jenkinson gives his own explanation of the track after the jump.
As would the visual aesthetic, an LED crash helmet and banks of lights, it’s Squarepusher’s answer to Daft Punk and Deadmau5. ‘Dark Steering’ is released Ufabulum out May 11th in Ireland (14th/15th elsewhere) on Warp Records. Gigs at Sonar, Dour, Bloc and Melt and more are listed here.
Squarepusher on Dark Steering:
“For a while I had apocalyptic nightmares about trails of nuclear missiles in the night sky. So I aimed to recreate that strange combination of exhilaration, terror and sadness both visually and emotionally through this piece. It lead to the idea of a spacecraft leaving earth at vast speed to escape, but oddly the music also made me think of it flying through a library. So I generated the visual aspect such that, as the piece progresses, it seems as if the viewer is ever accelerating through massive corridors of books.”