Yves Tumor - Safe In The Hands Of Love
As this year’s Reading & Leeds lineup showed, kids have extremely catholic tastes as a result of growing up with the radical accessibility of streaming, but musicians themselves still usually cleave to one or two aesthetics. Yves Tumor, though, is thrillingly untethered to style, and as such is a bard for our cultural moment.
Having previously released drifting ambient, clattering experimental trap, lo-fi vintage boogie and more, the secretive Tennessee expat continues to swerve from one mood to the next. Honesty is a driving analogue techno number in the vein of Hieroglyphic Being: arid, punchy 808 claps drive a bleating vocal line from a heartbroken Tumor. Then he handbrake-turns into the superb Noid, a piece of Avalanches-style breakbeat pop that perkily addresses police brutality. Then he reverses back into more lovelorn sadness on Licking an Orchid, this time to a trip-hop shuffle.
Getting caught in the slipstream of this fishtailing joyride is a real pleasure, and it certainly works best as a whole-album experience. The stately noise piece Hope in Suffering, with Puce Mary and Oxhy delivering a long spoken-word tract while strafed by sheets of black sonic rain, is beautifully unmoored, but draws extra power for being hemmed in by the tracks around it. Similar, but even better, is the closer Let the Lioness in You Flow Freely, a rhythmic tornado of power electronics that breaks into a five-second snatch of 80s pop before disappearing for ever – the starkest example of Tumor’s plunderphonic approach to sampling. It is refreshing to hear someone so emancipated from the rules of genre.
01. Faith In Nothing Except In Salvation
02. Economy Of Freedom
05. Licking An Orchid feat. James K
07. Hope in Suffering (Escaping Oblivion & Overcoming Powerlessness) feat. Oxhy, Puce Mary
08. Recognizing The Enemy
09. All The Love We Have Now
10. Let The Lioness In You Flow Freely