Fur - Cocoon EP / 12"
Fur, born Bryce Isbell in Texas, extracts minutiae with precision. His compositions, while airily sparse, are saturated with details plucked from broad landscapes, whether they resemble the Texan prairie or the expanses of industrial Germany. Isbell's composite micro-samples are infinitesimal, soaked in breathless allusion and divorced from their context. The crisp, insistently percussive arrangements oscillate like metal shavings manipulated by an unseen magnet. Fur has untraditionally tapped into a European techno mind-meld, a Berlin thought-stream. After his early work with Neon Indian's Alan Palomo as Ghost Hustler, Isbell dove deep into the minimal sounds that transported listeners closer to inner city Detroit than the mid-west. Uno's first Fur EP 'Cocoon' follows several years of Isbell silence. After a notable debut with Lefse, Fur submerged below a sea of techno and came up with a deep analog style that's acquired fans in Fred P and Firecracker Records with twisting house like 'Knots'. With a second part in the Fur saga on the way, Uno has faith this young westerner will be putting a big Texan stamp on the house scene to come. The Fred P reshape of 'Cocoon' will be Download Of The Week on Little White Earbuds prior to release, and the video will premier on Pitchfork soon after.