Pink Violence (Aka, Jason Tyler, Cassius Neon, Neon Asylum) is dropping his Debut Pink Violence Ep some time soon, and I've been one of the first to hear it.
Jason always seems to have more ideas than he knows what to do with, he's
always posting things on Facebook, like ' I want to form a punk band' and the
fact that he made the ill-advised decision to change his projects name (Pink violence
sounds cooler but he’d already got a following as Neon Asylum). It’s this constant
stream of ideas and creativity that gives Pink violence its trademark sound.
The first track 'This Is Pink' is a menacing 48 second introduction. It’s a
terrifying mix of sounds; it gives the EP a Sci-Fi kind of feel. It's a perfect
introduction to 'Fresh Air' which is a bouncing blend of techno beats and
ambient synths, it’s a very unpredictable listen that’s packed full of different
sounds. It’s a unique fresh sound, sort of like Crystal Castles, ambient house
music and funk music all tossed in a blender.
‘Torture’repeats the same trick as ‘This is pink’, its 30 seconds of strangely organic sounding sci-fi noises and frantic drumming that introduces the
'Midnite' is a few minutes of pounding techno/trance/Drum N Bass, full of pounding synths and
fast paced drums. Its a pretty chaotic few minutes, where everything seems to
be playing at 100mph. New sounds fade in and fade out along side the skittish, Drum
n’ Bass fast paced backing tracks. There are bits where it slows down and
others where it’s a keyboard shred-athon.
‘Punk Violets’ is a bit like Crystal Castles at their most uneasy listening,
although it has a strangely oriental sound. The beats are squelchy and the main
rhythm is a crunching synth, all while subtle Berlin-bowie style synths give it
a brooding dark feel. You could say that its quite 80’s, almost like New Order,
or Ultavox being covered by aliens.
The last track, Gold is another Drum n’ Bass track, It has a similar Sci-Fi
feel to it, and a mix of mellow sounds playing alongside manic drums and then it kind of changes into something completely different
Overall 'The Pink Ep' is about 20 minutes of uneasy listening, I played it to my mum and
she felt it sounded like the sort of thing that would be used to torture people
in the 1960's (Think Michael Caine in The Ipcress File). While most dance
producers mix a few samples and beats together, Jason instead makes things fade
in and fade out, out of nowhere, you can never really predict where the tracks
will head next and many types of dance music have been mixed together. Its rare
when dance music is this inventive and creative. Neon Asylum was basically just
noise, but this is about 100 noises at once. Its kind of chilled out and
relaxed yet aggressive and barbaric at the same time.
Jason’s indecisiveness and creativity plays a big part in the way this EP
sounds. Some may find that a turn off, and other’s may find it fascinating. It reminds
me a bit of the Ex-military mixtape by Death Grips which was an album of
extreme noise and creativity. They followed it up with a much more direct sound
and this may be the next step for Pink Violence. I must say I’m impressed by
this and I never knew Jason was this talented. If you want to hear someone
breaking new ground and creating a unique sound then this is the EP for you.
You can listen to some of it here https://soundcloud.com/pinkviolence