TVAM self-released his much-acclaimed debut Psychic Data in the autumn of 2018, something of a cult classic, the album joined the dots between Suicide’s deconstructed rock ’n’ roll, Boards of Canada’s irresistible nostalgia, and My Bloody Valentine’s infinite noise.
New album High Art Lite takes a different tilt to its predecessor by emphasizing the immediate and the personal. The colors are blown-out and the brightness is cranked up. TVAM’s take on such things as role models, fictional movie character tropes, and fables of good and evil, are all tackled with the same suspicious cynicism but this time with an urgent belief in the human condition.
“I only want to adore you,
I only want to give you everything,
I only want you to hear this,
I only want you as an offering.”
“The cultural constructs of good and evil weigh heavy on us all – If we’re brought up to believe in good vs. evil, then I’d like to think most people try to stick to the right path as much as they can. Sometimes we find ourselves at the whim of fate and pushed by unseen influences. Double Lucifer is about those times when there’s no right path, only pain… when every outcome ends in harm.”TVAM
“You only need to adore me,
You only need to give me everything,
You only needed to hear this,
You only need me to be here as a friend.”
The synth bass gently growls an unspoken torment, a soul-rattling aural arrhythmia with each instrument inflicted to penetrate, to overwhelm. Anxiety packaged for later consumption and repeated corruption. Streams of consciousness that flow right then left in competing voices of overlapping devils coalescing where no heavenly angel abides.
“Where you lead me,
I will follow,
I’ll always be,
There when you fall.”
TVAM describes the fluid textures of the vocals as akin to advertising, “they creep in subconsciously, elements shifting into the next, providing an opportunity to reflect upon things without being direct or straightforward.” A subliminal reproach that is as insidious as it is otherworldly effective.
“Dreams come slowly,
In the night,
Bathed in light.”
Previously featured TVAM track BITPLAIN