Animal Collective Pal Rusty Santos in Present


Hauling ethos over its shoulder and trampling
musical boundaries.

By Blurt Staff



The Present
is the new music project of New York
musician and producer Rusty Santos
(Panda Bear Person Pitch, Born Ruffians Red Yellow & Blue,
Animal Collective Sung Tongs). Described by one band who worked
with him as a hyper boy genius, Rusty has always fixed his attention on
producing music that is experimentally rich while remaining accessible. By
attempting to create music that arises unconsciously through improvisation, The
Present’s debut album, World I See, is set for release in the US on LOAF Recordings (The Chap,
Johan Agebjorn/Sally Shapiro, Black Devil Disco Club).




According to the label, the recordhauls this ethos over its shoulders as it tramples on musical
boundaries and preconceptions, whilst leaving an album that is still capable of
relating musically and emotionally to a wide audience.”




After many years and variant modes of collaboration, Rusty
formed together with Jesse Lee and Mina, who bring a plethora of extra
dimensions to the sound of The Present. Mina’s background in classical piano
and the love of Japanese traditional songs meets at intense and imaginative
levels with the expressive attitude of the band, while the long standing
musical partnership between Jesse and Rusty, which began when they were in high
school together, provides the cemented sound giving the songs one voice and the
band the sound of a single instrument.



Adds the label, “Though the instruments on World I See aren’t necessarily new (the basic elements are piano, guitar and drums), guided
by intuition the band attempt to make timeless music by using the most
minimalist methods in innovative new ways. The result of capturing and
developing these sounds is the beautifully elegant yet emotionally powerful
sound of The Present.”

The Present World I See Track Listing:
1. Heavens On Ice
2. World I See
3. Love Melody
4. Symbols On High
5. Africanized Beatniks
6. The Hunt


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