New music from the Dirty Art Club (which is now a one man show with Matt Cagle behind the boards) with the release of the album Basement Seance – a murky and shadowy stash of atmospheric studies that draws as much inspiration from avant-garde rockers like Goblin and Yes as it does from instrumental hip-hop legends like DJ Shadow and EL-P. Standout cuts include the crime-funk-car-chase theme “God City”, a drugsy dreamscape called “Painkillers”, the haunting piece of American gothic that is “Basement Seance”, and a RZA-ish bump called “Soul Eater”.
On a side note, I think Vast Aire, Psalm One, and Dirty Art Club would make for a great band…called Basement Seance. Maybe give us a pair of freestyles over the “Sayonara” beat just to see how it fits?
Entering the Dirty Art Club is like letting an encyclopedic sample curator soundtrack a vibrant psychedelic cartoon dream. Conceived in North Carolina, fragments of sun-kissed soul and dusty psyche-rock sounds are stitched together and intertwined with live instrumentation recorded in a home studio setup to convey a woozy and soulful experience. It’s a blend that’s been refined on Dirty Art Club’s latest album, Basement Seance, which is themed around sampling rare “old songs and records that barely anybody’s heard” and reanimating them into a new life.