On ‘Gut Buster’, Yosa Peit spawns fleshy sonic escapades, a swarm of vigorously processed vocals and soulful bass, set to a backdrop of visceral percussive structures. Full of roguish curiosity, the record is cast with an air of lo-fi experimentation, but with a platinum glint of pop sensibility. Peit’s second album grapples with the destructive force of modern consumption, ‘Gut Buster’ is an anti-capitalist statement that synthesizes intimacy and hostility; a surrealist-punk affirmation and a testament to Peit’s singular vision and unique approach.
The free-ranging sound of Yosa Peit recalls the intense arrangements of a cyber-era Prince with the surrealist tones of Arthur Russell and the vulnerability of Arca circa 2017. At the album’s core, ‘World Eaters’ blazes after humankind and our destruction of the earth with its scorching guitars. “I was born on a planet, I got hungry and I ate it”. Consuming all that excess, terrestrial obliteration is human; we rot our own guts. That’s how it felt as Yosa battled with an auto immune gut disease while penning the record. So, in the closing track ‘Gut Is God (Gate of Discord)’ she raises a hopeful prayer (gut means “good” in German) to her insides, to reasoning, to learning with and from our bodies and those around us. Her one voice becomes a raw moving chorus crying out: we are all of this dying earth.
“I hear people mention the gut all the time, it’s super present in our language, what’s your gut say, you got guts… We forget what a crazy fascinating organ the gut is, bearing a universe. The way we consume food equals how carelessly we consume earth, knowingly and repeatedly. We make changes only when something is right in front of your door.” Yosa Peit
‘Gut Buster’ carries all the nutrients we need. Yosa brings us provisions by way of an eclectic creative process, interweaving sound through free experimentation and collaboration. Her unique approach to songwriting and production, which past collaborator Holly Herndon calls “super fresh”, has now garnered a cult following.
The spirit of collaboration and community practice are essential to Yosa Peit’s music. She conceived her previous album, ‘Phyton’, as “an interspecies garden”, a place for ceramicists, video artists, and designers, to collaborate amidst changing social, political and environmental circumstances. With her award-winning initiative Error Music, Yosa invites girls, trans, and non-binary youth to become trailblazers of electronic music-making where they learn to code, build synthesizers or theremins and perform free from judgment and expectations.
‘Gut Buster’ takes that collective playground for creation to planetary reaches, congregating friends from Berlin, Cologne, and New York’s fuzzy musical underbelly: Employee, Funkycan, Gerry Franke, Glenn Astro, Nauker, Paingel, Tbz, and UCC Harlo. The record was mixed by Brainfeeder and Carlos Niño affiliate Benjamin Vukelic in Portland and Jan Brauer in Berlin.
“Glitchy yet supple, the broken beats and warped abstractions are wholly unpredictable yet deliciously odd, like an esoteric mashup of Bjork, Aphex and Laurie Anderson. Yep, that good” Electronic Sound
4th May – Aktionshaus, Berlin, DE – Album Launch
Yosa will be marking the release with special release shows across celebrated independent broadcasters – NTS, Dublab, Noods, Kiosk and Radio Raheem. The first show is set to air on Bristol based station Noods on the 30th January.
‘Gust Buster’ is out 26th April. Available on LTD Edition Black Vinyl with Alternate Artwork Sleeve & LTD Edition Cassette.