In the enigmatic realm of generative electronic music and synthesizers, resides the legendary artist known as “Autism.” Much like the iconic villain Bane from Batman, Autism embraces the darkness and becomes a force that reshapes the very fabric of the genre. This disruptive artist presents rich and profound soundscapes that are akin to quicksand, pulling listeners into their depths with an irresistible allure. Autism personifies electronic music at its finest.
The album “Neverberator” stands as a testament to Autism’s mastery of electronic music, inviting listeners on an exhibition of the artist’s finest sonic creations. Opening with “Old Tape Monofreak,” a peculiar yet intriguing track that channels the essence of a Euro-rack speaking, the journey begins. It builds steadily with strange sounds held together by the quirkiest bassline one could encounter. As the percussion rolls in, distorted and unconventional, the track ventures into uncharted territories while ultimately crafting a beautiful song that fully immerses the listener—an incredible storyline unfolds.
Next, “The First Drunk on Mars” paints a vivid picture reminiscent of a stumbling fool in zero gravity on the red planet, akin to a scene from Rick and Morty. The imagery is remarkably vivid. Then, “Science 77” takes the spotlight as a personal favorite, featuring fluidic and watery sounds paired with a bubbly bassline that sparks an irresistible urge to dance. It becomes a psychedelic journey through the underwater worlds of “Kamino” (a Star Wars reference), with Simon Posford from Shpongle personally providing the music and vocals. Welcome to the underwater psychedelic university, where your wildest dreams become a lesson for others.
“Upper Stream” introduces a higher tempo and a slightly more conventional electro-style beat, providing a brief respite from the peculiarities. Yet, Autism surprises with vocal samples whispering into the mix, creating an intergalactic sofa lounge experience. Relax and unwind with aliens and peculiar species in the Upper Stream. “Catching up with Electricity” follows suit with an intriguing title, evoking images of a race one cannot resist being part of. The track starts tribal, then morphs into the kind of music alien tribes might play on their tropical home planets. With random words spoken around you, you become a participant in an alien Ayahuasca ceremony, surrounded by gnomes and elves adorned in leaves, jumping around a fire pit.
The ceremony continues with “Dullgreen,” evoking paranoia and negative emotions that eventually dissipate, leaving behind a blissful sea of tranquility akin to “Like a River Inside an Ocean.” Distorted shamanic chants and sweeping noise synths take listeners on an introspective journey where appearances deceive—a peculiar and enthralling experience. “Steel Breath” amplifies this feeling, with fractals blurring vision and a sense of crawling out from within oneself—an abyss of emotions, breath like steel. It’s the sensation that washes over you while listening to “Steel Breath.”
As the album progresses, so must you—venturing onward to “Flicker,” a whirlpool of a track that engulfs the listener. Surreal synth sounds transport you to dreamlike states, only for the bassline to break through the barriers of reality and reveal a world brimming with positivity. Autism’s ability to create such incredible music from chaos is truly remarkable. Chaotic sounds meld together to form a delightful composition, transporting the listener deep into their own psyche.
“Hidden Pix” offers a refreshing change, featuring a higher tempo and sensible drums—a wake-up call to reality, urging listeners to reconnect with their physical being. Finally, the album—or rather, the ceremony—concludes with ”
Acute Angles.” As the name suggests, it delivers sharp elements, with drums piercing your very soul and hi-hats hypnotically tickling your eardrums. The psychedelic effect on the hi-hats, whether through time manipulation or their placement in the mix, is captivating. Just when you think it’s over, Autism brings back the space jazz, presenting an alien lounge music experience.
“Neverberator” is a full-fledged ceremony encapsulated in an album. Autism, a master of psychedelic sound, proves to be an extraordinary storyteller. Through peculiar electronic sounds, the artist weaves a rhythm from chaos. This album is a cleansing ceremony for the mind and creativity, a transformative experience that encourages lateral thinking and shifts in perspective. It empowers listeners to overcome challenges by altering their outlook. “Neverberator” is a psychedelic journey through sound—an experience not to be missed.
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What is your stage name?
Is there a story behind your stage name?
Many years ago, when the term was unfamiliar in my home country, Belarus, I found it by chance in some medical book. The definition sounded to me like some sort of “mental escapism”. I liked it, because I felt that my music was also a kind of escape from the daily routine and unpleasant phenomena in my own physical reality.
Where do you find inspiration?
I always find inspiration in my mind that is always capable of constructing new sonic realms and non-parallel dimensions both in wakeful and sleeping states
What was the role of music in the early years of your life?
Music played a major role in my life when I was a teenager, and it is of course typical for every young person who is desperately searching for any meaning in “what the fuck is going on” around and inside (which is more important).
Are you from a musical or artistic family?
Not at all. My father (a military guy) and my mother (a chemical engineer) played piano and acoustic guitar. Quite clumsy, actually.
Who inspired you to be a part of the music industry?
Depeche Mode. Coil. FSOL. Autechre.
How did you learn to sing/write/to play?
Intuitively. By listening and trying to reproduce and evolve what I hear
What was the first concert that you ever went to and who did you see perform?
Some stupid amateur folk band in my school, I believe.
How could you describe your music?
Everchanging. Evasive. Sensitive, definitely.
Describe your creative process.
Late evening. White wine. Electronic cigarettes. Quality headphones. My dog snoring cozily in a chair behind me. An annoying call on a phone. Spam.
What is your main inspiration?
Oceans and winds, trees, and my washing machine
What musician do you admire the most and why?
It’s a long list. Skip
Has your style evolved since the beginning of your career?
It’s been always evolving, sometimes backwards, sideways, and downwards. I’m just following my own unpredictable aspirations.
Who do you see as your main competitor?
Such a part of electronic music does not assume any competitors. We are all in the same field of uncertainty, vague insights, painful failures, sudden brilliant epiphanies, and embarrassing hopes.
What are your interests outside of music?
I love collecting my personal memories in different places and under various circumstances. That is what we all call life, actually.
If it wasn’t a music career, what would you be doing?
When I was a kid, I dreamed of being an archaeologist. In my next life this desire will shine, obviously. There’s still a lot to dig out, to learn and to comprehend what has found.
What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
The utter loneliness in the ocean of varieties and possibilities.
If you could change one thing in the music industry, what would it be?
Nothing. It is what is is. So be it.
Why did you choose this as the title of this project?
Neverberator? It’s my crazy idea of a massive machine that absorbs any sound delay and produces the never-delayed output.
What are your plans for the coming months?
I will keep enjoying this summer in New York City, whenever it’s rainy, humid, or else.
Do you have any artistic collaboration plans?
Yes, I am quite open to collaborating with Robert Fripp. Can you kindly inform him that I finally chose his inarticulate proposal, please?
What message would you like to give to your fans?
Hello, my dear invisible friends!