Austin’s Bayonne has made quite the name for himself in quite a short time frame. Touring seemingly nonstop behind an album, specifically one album would cause anyone stress, which is what leads us to his latest release, Drastic Measures. Taking into account all of the time it takes for the composer to write and add his multiple instrumentation based touches to just one song, or the fact that he’s been out on the road for so long, we’re shocked he could even write a record much less record and release it. With Drastic Measures out today, Bayonne transcends the typical electronica and adds his name alongside composers who took the genre to higher planes away from the typical fare.
The album’s opener “QA” offers up lush and airy notes, which has become the calling card for the producer. It’s easily the best way to take you on the journey that this album is, getting your ears prepped for the festival of sound that’s to come. This leads into the heavily percussive sounds of the single, “Drastic Measures.” The way Bayonne adds tracks of just one sound layered is masterful, though crafting those sounds into a catchy song is something else entirely-a feat that Bayonne does with ease throughout the release.
The highlights from the record are the other singles, “I Know,” “Same” and “Uncertainly Deranged,” though it doesn’t end with already released tracks. The song “Gift” has multiple touches of found sounds and what appear to be field recordings met with piano and blended into a canvas of lush instrumentation. The track “Enders” sounds like a space induced day dream, where you almost float alongside the music as it plays. Bayonne is definitely offering up his dreamier side here, and it holds your ears from beginning to end. Though with that said, our favorite track of the release was “Abilia.” Here Bayonne adds a much snappier stride where his signature vocals, his noteworthy ivory tickling and his multiple drum clusters come together to offer a sound that you can’t steer away from while you almost get inspired enough to dance as the music comes out of your speakers. Even on softer songs like “Bothering” and “Kind,” Bayonne takes what you think you know about electronica and steers it into a new space where composers and technology meet to create music you can’t help but love.
You can stream Drastic Measures on all streaming sites, you can purchase it in all digital store fronts including Bandcamp or directly from Mom+Pop Records or from Bayonne on multiple formats and in multiple bundles. Bayonne will be on tour beginning March 17 at Oporto in Leeds, U.K. until May 10 in Tucson, AZ at 191 Toole. A complete listing of his tour dates can be accessed here.
Image Credits: Photo by Jackie Lee Young.