Introduction to Escape-ism by Escape-ism isn’t a typical record. Available on White Vinyl, Std Vinyl LP, CD.
Oh, sure, it looks like one, with a label in the center and mysterious grooves etched on a sleek, black disc that glints in the light with a perverse air of knowing treachery. And sure, when a diamond needle is dragged through said groove, it shrieks and sputters with the familiar range of rock ’n’ roll sound effects. Low frequency bass, high end hi hat stutters, and a middlebrow voice that gasps and cries for love, justice, redemption, insurrection, everything. And yes, Introduction… reacts like a normal record to direct sunlight, it suffers silently until giving evidence of its agony with an awful warp. Its cover is even like a normal record jacket, glossy cardstock with a cool design, group name, song titles, record label information, and the like. But this disc is different. It shouldn’t only be reviewed in the music press but in the world affairs column of a conspiracy minded newspaper, on a hot rod review TV show, or possibly at an important conference by a renowned astrophysicist. It’s that important!
Why? Because it’s the first solo record by Ian Svenonius of groups The Make Up, Chain & the Gang, XYZ, Weird War, etc. and author of underground bestsellers such as The Psychic Soviet, Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ’n’ Roll Group, and Censorship Now!! and as such, it’s profound, prophetic, perverse, and poetic… It’s introverted glitter, violence against the state, obsessive desire, it stomps on convention, shreds constitutions, clobbers pre conceived notions of what a record can be. Yes, that’s right, a single person performance by I F Svenonius recognized by Performer Magazine as the greatest performer on the planet Introduction to Escapeism is a bite into a one banana bunch.
A drum box, a guitar, a cassette player, and a single slobbering, sinful voice singing out… for a way out. Live, it’s a new paradigm of performance raw, gestural, idiotic, sublime, revolutionary, poetic, faux naïf, unknowing, a drainage pipe that leads to who knows where.
Escape-ism’s Introduction to Escape-ism isn’t just the soundtrack for a late night drive on a lonely interstate, or a platter played to incite abandon at a pajama party with one’s pals. It’s also a tunnel to tomorrow. It’s a mineshaft to the motherlode.
Tracklisting, Escape-ism, Introduction To Escape-ism
1. Walking in the Dark
2. Lonely at the Top
3. Rome Wasn’t Burnt in a Day
4. Iron Curtain
5. Almost No One (Can Have My Love)
6. They Took the Waves
7. The Stars Get in the Way
8. I Don’t Remember You
9. Crime Wave Rock