Cy Dune is set to release their new album Against Face on March 3 via Lightning Studios. The album is a metapunk blast through 20th century art school punk forms mashed together into one hyperreal, hypermodern 18-minute tour de force and features recent singles “Against Face,” “Disorientation (Cut Up)” and the album version of “Don’t Waste My Time.” Today, he shares his collaboration with Talk Show, the South London dance-infused post-punk outfit who performed at Pitchfork Paris last year and has a new EP co-produced by Hot Chip‘s Joe Goddard and Al Doyle due soon. The hyperactive Talk Show remix of the Cy Dune track “Don’t Waste My Time” comes with kinetic drum breaks and acid green synths, making you feel like you are racing down the street with friends in the midst of a mid 90’s-era slacker film.
The original track from Cy Dune – the explosive, post genre positive punk project of artist/producer Seth Olinsky – works with time as its central theme using a clock sound as percussion – part Devo, part Hans Zimmer. The Talk Show remix picks out that clock and starts with it, building tension around gnarly acid bass before the Amen break comes in sending us into a four-minute chase scene.
“We had a lot of fun turning ‘Don’t Waste My Time’ into this frantic warehouse toe tapper” says Talk Show. “We wanted to play with the essence of the track, that riff and that energy. Using breakbeat chaos we threw lots of ideas and strange sounds we’ve been experimenting with at it, until it made us feel like we were flying down a street in NYC on a rocket bike. Was a pleasure, Amen Cy.”
Sparked by a turn towards the primal, transcendent energy of rock music and informed by his lifelong love of early blues music, Olinsky – the co-founder of legendary underground noise folk experimentalists Akron/Family – has explored Blues, 50’s rock n roll, and 60s/70s proto punk through this unique lens via his Cy Dune project. Seth’s projects have always had a post genre approach to music making. Collaging several genres simultaneously to create multi-meaning, and purposefully juxtaposing authentic and pure songwriting sincerity, with self-aware meta-meaning and pranksterism. Take for example Akron/Family’s scope from folk balladry to post jazz improv to the BMBZ project, a pre-meme internet noise take down interpretation of the S/T II album. Nothing was ever as it seemed on any given, first seen surface with Akron/Family, and it took a deeper investigation to find out about the whole story and how all the pieces fit together.