“Phaedra” is the second single from Amon Tobin’s forthcoming album How Do You Live (Nomark), which will be fully released on September 24th. The track is an experiment, an exploration with harmonics, “a physical model of a saxophone” as Amon describes it.
How Do You Live is Amon Tobin’s first new album since he launched his Nomark Records label with the #1 Fear in A Handful of Dust and its sister album, Long Stories, in 2019. In the 25 years since Amon Tobin released his first album under the pseudonym Cujo, he has made music that has not only tested the boundaries of sound but has also challenged our emotional response to the music that electronics can make.
A zoomed-out macro view, like an astronaut looking at the world from Space. Amon expands on this further when comparing the record to other recent albums, “If Fear In a Handful of Dust and Long Stories were intimate and close, like a microscope. This one is like a telescope.” From the ominous opening of the title track “How Do You Live”, the album dances carousel-like through a delicious cacophony. “Sweet Inertia (featuring Figueroa)” embraces us with the warming notion of procrastination as an infallible temptress. The aforementioned new single, “Phaedra” has the air of a darkened, ethereal waltz danced along the street in the half-light. Throughout the album rhythms are teased and tossed, beats explode and turn like a twister hurtling through Tornado Alley. As the record crescendos to the final track, the sublime “All Things Burn”, we are bathed in the glorious glow of all that remains possible.