What Could Possibly Go Wrong?2019
“For me, music isn’t about listening. It’s about seeing. I turn things I see - lit windows in a tower block, the line of a tumbledown fence, oil spilled in a puddle – into dots, scribbles and splashes of sound. Then I stack, layer and re-arrange them to make imaginary landscapes. I’ve always experienced shapes as sounds and vice versa. It’s a condition called synesthesia. As a child I was amazed when I found out that not everyone has it.” *** Picnic at Pompeii is the latest music project of painter and printmaker Brian Pike. Pike’s previous output - released under identities including Visitor and 99-09 - consisted largely of beatless, slow-moving loops and drones. For Picnic at Pompeii’s debut album he has hacked the loops and drones into digestible chunks, propelled forward by ticking percussion and terse basslines. The result is a set of off-kilter instrumentals that range from glitchy funk to elephantine dub, and conclude with an eerie, oceanic 23-minute suite.