J.S. Aurelius Debuts on Halcyon Veil with a Psychologically Imbalanced Mix
"the music is whatever 2" follows his recent 'Goofin Drones' album on Alter, protesting the military's use of drones.
Photo by Lane Stewart
Phoenix musician and Ascetic House label/collective co-proprietor, J.S. Aurelius, has shared a degraded, unpredictably mood-shifting new mix on Houston composer Rabit's label Halcyon Veil. "the music is whatever 2" follows his recent Goofin Drones album on Alter, which used drone hacking software to make a powerful statement against "death by remote control."
The listening experience swings back and forth between paranoid, hyperactive bustle and serene lull several times throughout its duration, which is a little like those messy liminal moments when you can't tell if an anxiety attack has a grip on you, or if you've got a grip on it. Unreleased tracks from the likes of Berlin duo Amnesia Scanner, Brooklyn-based 1080p affiliate Via App, and a handful of Ascetic House releases feature, making the experience of indecision a little more enjoyable.
Aurelius is also a part of the Sacred Bones-affiliated punk band Destruction Unit and the mystical performance-oriented improvisation project Marshstepper. For the tracklist, he's set it in a font that might recall your old web 1.0 Xanga or Livejournal days.
"the music is whatever 2" tracklist:
hEaDbAnD - "fEbRuUs" PaRt 3 (InTeGrAtE) [ArS MeDiA]
oRgOnOn pIt - mUkOiD FlEx [FoRtHcOmInG On aScEtIc hOuSe]
J.S. aUrElIuS AnD RoDgEr sTeLlA - 01 [UnReLeAsEd]
ChInO AmObI - YoU WaNt dEmOcRaCy? YoU WaNt fReEdOm? [nOn]
LiGaTuRe - cLaUsTrOpHoBe [FoRtHcOmInG On jOy dE ViVrE]
sOmAlI ExTrAcT - MeTtLe [FoRtHcOmInG On aScEtIc hOuSe]
PiNkY RoSe - sHe aSkEd fOr lOuDeR [aRs mEdIa]
SoReN - CaMm (PaRt 2) [fOrThCoMiNg oN AsCeTiC HoUsE]
sOrRoWiNg cHrIsT - A2 120913 [fOrThCoMiNg oN AsCeTiC HoUsE]
vIa aPp - cOn aRtIsT WiP [uNrElEaSeD]
jOnAtHaN UlIeL SaLdAnHa - tRaIn tUnNeL / CrAnE DuB [sIlO RuMoR]
vArG - SeNaToR LoUnGe (ThE NeW AiRpLaNe dRoNe) [uNrElEaSeD]
sIlKbLeSs - dYoU [sElF-ReLeAsEd]
J.S. aUrElIuS - NbOmE [cAcTuS MaN]
aMnEsIa sCaNnEr - bOuNtY [uNrElEaSeD]
sOnS Of mAgDaLeNe - tAkBiR [fOrThCoMiNg oN AsCeTiC HoUsE]
gLoChIdS - NeT B [fOrThCoMiNg oN AsCeTiC HoUsE]
g.i.s.m. - SuBj aNd eGoS, cHoPpEd (N ScReWeD DuBmIx) [bEaSt aRtS]
vIdEo bLuE - AuToPoRtRaIt [FoRtHcOmInG On aScEtIc hOuSe]
RoPeR RiDeR - CoRrAlS [fOrThCoMiNg oN AsCeTiC HoUsE]
aLeX ZhAnG HuNgTaI - NiNa [FoRtHcOmInG On aScEtIc hOuSe]
Follow Alexander on Twitter.