Rustie
Glass Swords


4.0
excellent

Review

by Deviant STAFF
October 13th, 2011 | 179 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A jubilant and victorious statement by Rustie, and also unashamedly amazing

If Rustie’s work ethic is to literally throw everything and the kitchen sink into his music, Glass Swords is a pretty fair assertion of this commitment. He’s never really released anything that could be accurately summed up as predictable or restrained; in fact it would appear that subtlety is a color that just doesn’t suit this Glaswegian cosmonaut. Rustie’s musical tableau is a jumble of odd shapes and bent angles, lines that just disappear into the ether, and paradoxes that just cease to be viable. It’s a chaotic flurry of noise and bombast, where everything seems preoccupied by the bustling landscape around them. To assume that Rustie’s schizophrenic pandemonium would be toned down in favor of something a little more welcoming for his first main outing would be to assume wrong; in fact, Glass Swords is Rustie pushing himself past the point of no return. And it’s frighteningly good.

Much like fellow local Hudson Mohawke, Rustie’s music is one that defies true definition, because of his unconventional approach and his vast source of influences that keep a common clarification from happening. Tangled hip hop beats are suffocated under a sea of rave whistles, bouncy funk arrangements, videogame nostalgia and dirty synth arrangements (and that’s just the tip of the iceberg). You could tie him into the LA beat scene, and more specifically an artist like Samiyam, but despite both using broken hip hop beats as a platform, Rustie’s work is defined by a much more rave heavy electronic leaning. There’s more callous swagger here as well, the basslines are more skuzzy and abrasive, yet hindered by Rustie’s evident hyperactive disposition.

Glass Swords is a demanding, and potentially, overwhelming listen. Yes, in the sense that at times there’s simply so much going on that attempting to process it all at once becomes a daunting proposition, but that’s also the key element that makes this album such a breathless success. It’s not a case of Rustie trying to overcompensate or fill in the gaps, but more that he’s just an artist in love with the idea of pairing the strange and seemingly unrelated together. He seems to get a kick out of what two random components can create when fused together; like a kid at Christmas time, you can almost feel the giddy excitement of Rustie as he realizes the endless possibilities that lay in front of him.

This idea of old meets new then becomes not only the selling point for Glass Swords but for the artist himself. The way that he can twist hyper-intensive bass music over the acid-fuelled squeals and gallops of rave music and turn it into a combusting slab of molten synth and subsonic rumble, how he recycles the mundane into the monumental. ‘City Star’ becomes a prime example of this notion; a diabolical hip hop instrumental pummeled relentlessly by the disorientating yet effortlessly cheeseball rave clatter. And it’s in that clever application of those tacky breakbeat melodies where Rustie finds his hooks, his subtle moments of rest; where, placed in the hands of others they would only end up as disastrous attempts at conformity, here they’re lucratively placed with a decidedly tongue-in-cheek theatricality. So when those creeping yet insistent moments of ridiculousness pop up in ‘Hover Traps’ and ‘After Light’ you take them with a grain of salt because they’re primly applied over the deepest of low-end swagger. The crux here is that for all that’s going on, Rustie makes all of it work, without the end result coming off as broken or disjointed. Despite its bipolar tendencies Glass Swords is a work of complex cohesion, a melting pot of battered funk and hip hop tightrope walking hand in hand with the bruised remains of the rave scene. It’s a jubilant and victorious statement by Rustie, and unashamedly amazing.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 13th 2011


31620 Comments


City Star: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKm1m1NJysk
Globes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUFuMJ0DB5g&feature=related
Hover Traps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs_DXzAYmzg&feature=related

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Gyromania
October 13th 2011


16088 Comments


Cool, will get.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 13th 2011


31620 Comments


Just realised that Butler's fucked up my other page sweepstake attempt

Gyromania
October 13th 2011


16088 Comments


Just listened to the three tracks you posted - the first was particularly good. Obtaining the album
now.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 13th 2011


31620 Comments


Yeah, 'City Star' is definitely one of my favourites

FelixCulpa
October 13th 2011


1240 Comments


Checked this out a while ago but I wasn't sure if it was worth downloading. His track Zip Zip is phenomenal though. Will revisit it.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 13th 2011


31620 Comments


If you look in the rec section you'll see a guy called Slugabed He's worth checking out if you're into this kind of stuff

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js9EY7iHNfs

WashboardSuds
October 13th 2011


5043 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cool you reviewed this

this guy's pretty good

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Adash
October 13th 2011


1356 Comments


This sounds like a plane made out of MDMA flying into the sun.

Best quote I ever read about this and one that sums it up perfectly. Obnoxious as fuck, but fun

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
October 13th 2011


6515 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not sure about this one...

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 13th 2011


31620 Comments


Don't give me that nonsense, this rules

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
October 13th 2011


6515 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Always fun to disagree with you Dev ;)

But mind my opinion is a first impression

Manic_
October 13th 2011


447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is a lot of fun, been on heavy rotation lately.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 13th 2011


31620 Comments


It's definitely been a knockout year for electronic releases

twlichty
October 14th 2011


3439 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

loving this so far

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struth
October 14th 2011


435 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's definitely been a knockout year for electronic releases [2] This year has been pretty amazing for all releases really, electronic in particular. This album is the shit.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 14th 2011


31620 Comments


Even the stuff that still hasn't been released yet is, for the most part, gold

M83
The Field
Tycho
Kuedo
Sepalcure (hopefully)

SCREAM!
October 14th 2011


10382 Comments


Well Sunburst hasn't worn off me like i originally thought it would so i'll definitely look into this.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 14th 2011


31620 Comments


This is a lot better

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
October 14th 2011


4507 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, great album



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