“In­tro­duc­tion to Es­cape-ism” MERGE

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NOVEM­BER 10 – In­tro­duc­tion to Es­cape-ism isn’t a typ­i­cal record. Oh, sure, it looks like one, with a la­bel in the cen­ter and mys­te­ri­ous grooves etched on a sleek, black disc that glints in the light with a per­verse air of know­ing treach­ery. But this disc is dif­fer­ent. Why? Be­cause it’s the first “solo” record by Ian Sveno­n­ius—of groups The Make-Up, Chain & the Gang, XYZ, Weird War, etc. and au­thor of un­der­ground best­sellers such as The Psy­chic Soviet, Su­per­nat­u­ral Strate­gies for Mak­ing a Rock ’n’ Roll Group, and Cen­sor­ship Now!!— and as such, it’s pro­found, prophetic, per­verse, and po­etic… It’s in­tro­verted glit­ter, vi­o­lence against the state, ob­ses­sive de­sire; it stomps on con­ven­tion, shreds con­sti­tu­tions, clob­bers pre­con­ceived no­tions of what a record can be. A drum box, a gui­tar, a cas­sette player, and a sin­gle slob­ber­ing, sin­ful voice singing out… for a way out. Es­cape-ism’s In­tro­duc­tion to Es­cape-ism isn’t just the sound­track for a late-night drive on a lonely in­ter­state, It’s also a tun­nel to to­mor­row. It’s a mi­ne­shaft to the moth­er­lode.

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