In 2021, YEDM did a New Artist Highlight on Portlander experimental artist Jason Wann and his conceptual challenge SINES which, at the moment, was on its third multi-track launch. By way of that album, referred to as A Collection of Moments, Wann mixed all the very best bits of synth pop and gave them a contemporary twist with dabbles of feminine vox accompaniments and completely different beat constructions. Not afraid to play with future bass, techno, bass home and, in fact, classic synth pop, SINES exhibits nice promise to be the subsequent Odesza or Washed Out hybrid.
Not plenty of followers or press, for that matter, knew that between all the stunning and celestial synth pop releases, Wann was additionally interstitially releasing underneath a distinct challenge title referred to as Blood Oyster. Nearly fully reverse in each means from SINES, Blood Oyster is entrenched in booty bass, hip hop and lure with an emphasis on ‘booty.’ The aptly named Let Booty Free that includes rapper Honey B. Candy launched in April 2021 adopted by the even dirtier Pussy Energy in October whereas Wann and SINES music associate Kitty Richardson have been engaged on A Collection of Moments. It should have been a colossal mind toggle for Wann.
Designed as a tongue-in-cheek nose-thumbing on the patriarchy and its want to manage ladies’s our bodies, Blood Oyster is about as deliberately nasty as a 2LiveCrew or a WAP with monitor names like “From the Again” and “Throbbing Arduous Penis.” As these ironic assertion EPs which can be seemingly about objectification have been being made, Wann was turning into increasingly pissed off with the way in which ladies are both exploited or repressed over the previous couple of years. This frustration culminated, because it did for therefore many People, within the Supreme Courtroom’s determination to overturn the Roe v. Wade Supreme Courtroom determination in June of 2022. Seen by many as the final word and most blatant signal that the US not solely doesn’t care about bodily autonomy for girls and folks with uteruses, this determination, made attainable by the ushering in of two new far proper wing SCOTUS justices earlier than the tip of Donald Trump’s presidential has unleashed a wave of states winding again the clock to pre-1973 guidelines and rules. States banned abortion clinics and Deliberate Parenthood, made even early time period abortions unlawful (together with in instances of rape) and a few states even made it attainable for dad and mom who went by means of with an abortion to be tried for homicide.
With the dystopian nightmare described in Margaret Atwood’s fictional e-book The Handmaid’s Story immediately turned actuality and Atwood a prophetess due to Brett Kavanaugh and particularly final Gilead Spouse Amy Coney Barrett, a great deal of artists determined to protest what has now been happening within the US for almost a 12 months. Together with the likes of Pussy Riot, Phoebe Bridgers, Kendrick Lamar, Olivia Rodrigo, Mariah Carey, Lizzo et al., Wann felt he couldn’t go away this subject alone. All of the sudden a cheeky commentary on how ladies are utilized in media and abused in non-public became an all-out protest with Best Hits. Stuffed with tracks from the unique two Blood Oyster EPs plus heaps extra, the 30-track Best Hits makes a daring assertion that it doesn’t matter what type of legal guidelines are locations on them, ladies’s our bodies self-worth an sexuality will at all times be owned by them.
Wann as Blood Oyster makes this assertion in essentially the most enjoyable means attainable, with loud, colourful booty bass beats, unapologetic lyrics and so many catchy tunes. Watch out; you might end up singing the Daft Punk-esque “ASS” in your head at work or laughing on the one way or the other each sexual and creepy “Everyone Loves Raymond” at inappropriate occasions. This complete “sequence of bootlegs” is inappropriate, in fact, however that’s the purpose. A tapestry of impropriety woven with far more experimental music and flare than we’ve seen from Wann to date, the album juxtaposes the pure sensual potential of girls and humanity towards a few of its worst detractors so present what this oppression and management can really do. With so a lot of our idols fallen and a lot harm accomplished within the title of propriety, it’s time to take a superb arduous take a look at rape tradition; simply ask “Dr. Huxtable.”
As if the Blood Oyster album weren’t sufficient, Wann has additionally put collectively an arty “sequence of visualizers” (who knew that album title can be such a enjoyable callback?) to go together with Best Hits. As a result of it’s a bootleg album, Wann has put the veritable film up on his Vimeo account at no cost public viewing. Not fairly as soiled visually as it’s musically, the multimedia facet of Best Hits takes the artistry of the album up a number of notches. Watch it with some good audio system on a superb TV and also you’ve principally obtained your self an at-home rave. Humorous, kitschy and filled with the love Wann has for girls that listeners to the album alone could not really feel, the visualizer film is unquestionably value a watch (probably on some mind-altering substances).
Even in the event you’re into into booty bass or experimental bass or enjoyable visualizers, there’s another excuse to assist Blood Oyster and the Best Hits album: all earnings from its buy on Bandcamp can be donated to Deliberate Parenthood in Amy Coney Barrett’s title. That’s proper, within the custom of Mike Pence, Ted Cruz and different anti-uterus rights politicians, Wann has determined that Coney Barrett needs to be the subsequent recipient of this honor to be reminded each day that those that worth the lives of girls and kids will proceed to battle for his or her well being. The hyperlink for the album is right here (and likewise within the video above) however we additionally encourage followers of ladyparts in all places to take up this petty (and necessary) trigger and donate to the factor SCOTUS and so many different misguided politicians try to destroy. And in the event you don’t need to donate, have a cheeky, horny little rave in your front room or automobile, courtesy of Blood Oyster.