Dialect (aka Andrew PM Hunt) is releasing a new cassette and digital album titled Gowanus Drifts on Vancouver-based label 1080p, August 28. Inspired by Brooklyn, the New York-via-Liverpool-based artist premieres this video for the track ‘Perfume Creek’ by Thom Isom on aqnb below.
“Ikea stores next to huge burnt out shipping warehouses, squats next to Whole Foods, Artisan flower shops with dead dogs outside”, reads the press release, about the inspiration behind Gowanus Drifts, recorded in the post-industrial suburb of Brooklyn’s Red Hook that reminds the artist of the shipyards of the UK’s Liverpool: “Litter on the breeze and foghorns blowing across the water. Sirens, porn stores, storage, prisons, dogs barking, carparks, fast food, highways, burnt out massage parlors, old tires, wire fences, empty buildings, bus depots, raw sewage flowing.” It’s the type of area that share signifiers across capital cities and a sound that seeks solace in the music of the earth.
In a space where a person is necessarily exposed to all sounds, by nature or by culture, every echo of the field sounds through the soundtrack of ‘Perfume Creek’; human-made melody heard from a distance, buried, muffled and muted under the moving soil and debris of Isom’s visuals.
In the rest of Gowanus Drifts these sonic spaces echo an environment concealed from the sunny side of the city in dirt, rubbish and abandoned heavy materials. In the image of the space, it is dusty, rusty and un-pleasurable territory. In its sound, it is something else entirely. ‘Ghost of Red Hook’, for example, shows how this melody and rhythm touches and penetrates the surface of the rough and the dry, like a dusty breeze over sand. It’s part of a full album that plays and plunges along that surface, one that’s blissfully uneven with every imaginable bit of matter; a careless space that murmurs within its main melody.
‘Perfume Creek’ is the graceful sound of alienation. It’s the pure rhythm of an area, and the wavelength of the world that closed ears couldn’t capture; the mixed up melody of a particular part of the world, organic and inorganic, neither separate nor the same. **