Bill Converse The Shape of Things to Come
Published Jul 05, 2017The Shape of Things to Come is the sophomore album from analogue hardware enthusiast Bill Converse. Influenced by Detroit techno, early Chicago house and tape processing, the Texan artist's uncanny sound palette results in an abstract Converse's influences, and ups the pace on the aquatic sounds we came to know on his Meditations/Industry, released in 2016.
The record plays like a 70-minute journey through a chapter of electronic music's heritage, led by gritty drum machine percussion and erratic analogue bass tones. Tracks like "Position of Home" fuse traditional house string arrangements with improvisational percussion, but leave enough headroom for the acidic hook to emerge as the centrepiece of the track.
Comprising seven tracks, the album was recorded directly to tape with no overdubs, and made at Converse's home studio. Largely inspired by a creative feedback chain between him and Josh Vance (otherwise known as Josua Dorje Ngodup), The Shape of Things to Come unabashedly appeals to the dance floor while making an appropriate nod to the influences that shaped it. (Dark Entries)