Swan Meat

28/9 – ARENA 3RAUM & KLEINE HALLE, w/ GIL, GISCHT, TREIBGUT, ASFAST, IN MY TALONS, ANTONIA, AMEN, H_RI

Swan Meat

[PERMALNK /US]

Reba Fay, alias Swan Meat, is a poet, audio engineer, and composer from Washington, D.C. Informed by her experience with chronic illness & body dysmorphia, her work pairs pairs “a carnivalesque assemblage of spoken word pieces” with jarring, arrhythmic industrial and ambient compositions, and is built from a library of memories teeming with sonic detritus: vestigial feeding tube, bytes of heart monitor.

Her debut EP, Bounty, released on Paris’ PERMALNK imprint, explored recovery from bulimia nervosa through the lense of Samus Aran from the Metroid series. It premiered on Thump & was listed as one of Mixmag’s best club/bass releases of the month. Pieced together from a carnivalesque assemblage of spoken word pieces, scraps of noise, and non-repetitive song structures her debut deals with themes of illness and embodiment. While its instrumentation is evocative of club music, stylistically it situates itself a little less conclusively; it’s consistently caught in medias res in a multiplicity of oddly conjoined timbres and moods.

Fey codes her own plug-ins & Max patches; Tiny Mix Tapes has called her work “a seamless crossover […] from fine art & literature to music.” Recent releases include Knife Splits Ice, a collaborative EP with the Japanese producer Yoshitaka Hikawa, described as being “[as though] spiked with acid at a swingers’ party” and “Tame,” a dense yet sprawling single for Bala Club, where the kettledrum bombast of such composers as Jesper Kyd meets her personal reworking of the ballet scores she flailed to t/out her teenage years.

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