Music Review | posted 07.03.2021
Dax Pierson
Nerve Bumps (A Queer Divine Disappointment)
Dark Entries, 2021
Text Jens Pacholsky
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Electro in 7/8 stumble steps. Synthesizers in the best John Carpenter horror romance. An avalanche of melodies, soundscapes tending towards noise, glitch mines and percussion staccatos. In between, the best braindance with sexy acidline atrial fibrillation. Dax Pierson delivers an electronic journey like a time-lapse manga. Everything happens at once. Space and time are folded into little origami. The density of ideas moves towards implosion. The fact that the producer from Oakland, California, effortlessly holds it all together and stringently connects it is probably mainly due to the fact that as co-founder, rhythm and melody heart of the alternative hip-hop combos Subtle and 13 & God, he has never actually done anything else. Dax Pierson only comes to rest with the last track of this rollercoaster ride on lightning ice, in which he drops us into a time hole completely out of breath. For the seven pieces before that, the saying of choreographer Martha Graham, which has also been Dax Pierson’s mantra on this insane, beautiful, head-fucking journey, applies: »No artist is pleased… There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.«

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