Seth Graham is an experimental musician and composer known for deftly creating barrages of beatific computer music and blue-collar musique concrète. Outside of his own recordings, Graham is also the co-founder of Orange Milk, a beloved DIY imprint that has established itself as a pillar of contemporary underground music.
"Hint", the Dayton, OH producer's sixth album, follows Graham sifting out an uncanny array of aural objects that clash together like some brilliant form of avant ASMR. Rejecting any and all recognized references or influences from musics both popular and obscure, Graham relies entirely on his own impulses and inclinations.
As Graham explains, "I wanted the creation of tracks to be pure joy, by not overthinking and collaborating with friends. This allowed me to let go of the outcome and find satisfaction in enjoying the process. Artists like myself are so over ridden with anxiety, the need to be accepted or the obligation to be ‘successful’ often dominates our process in making choices and creating. I tried to let this go."
Graham re-purposes and re-contextualizes found sounds, forgotten library music, and sampled stock sounds for a new form of symphonic pointillism, best heard on "Beyond Sadness", "Hint", and "Pierre / Ruby" (featuring More Eaze). Elsewhere, he creates dense but agile rifts of programmed patterns and textures, fully displayed on "Black / Yellow," a schizophrenic kaleidoscope of foley sounds, sinisterly suspenseful stringed arrangements, and shades of intrigued Italo horror featuring Koeosaeme. Even still, there's room left for both inner and outer contemplation, as with the haunting drift of synthetic serenity that is closing track "Love".
Taken as a whole, Hint provides a fitting entry point to new listeners who aren't familiar with Graham's past work while simultaneously poising Graham as an unsung hero of anti-composition.
released May 24, 2019
Tracks 1, 3 & 5 Recorded and mixed by Seth Graham
Track 2 recorded and mixed by Seth Graham and More Eaze
Track 4 recorded and mixed by Seth Graham and Koeosaeme
Mastered by Ryu Yoshizawa
Thanks to More Eaze, Koeosaeme, Hadley, Ruby, Keith, Janek, and Paulina.
Front cover by Seth Graham
Photo by Terrilynn Meece
Art & layout by Paulina Ufnal & Janek Ufnal
Seth Graham EU tour:
26 May / Warsaw, Klubojadalnia Młodsza Siostra, PL
27 May / Kraków, Osobliwy Poniedziałek, PL
28 May / Dresden, Hole of Fame, DE
29 May / Berlin, Kiezsalon, DE
30 May / Prague, Studio ALTA, CZ
31 May / Bratislava, LOM , SK
01 Jun / Ljubljana, Pritličje, SI
02 Jun / Ljubljana, radiostudent.si
radio show, SI
03 Jun / Vienna, FLUC, AT
05 Jun / Paris, Les Nautes, FR
06 Jun / Lyon, Le Périscope, FR
07 Jun / Milan, Macao, IT
09 Jun / Bologna, Teatro del Baraccano, IT