Prefuse 73: Three New Albums


Prefuse 73
As previously reported, Guillermo Scott Herren will kick-off a three-album release cycle under his various monikers – Prefuse 73, Savath y Savalas and Diamond Watch Wrists – this Spring. First up, Herren as Prefuse 73 will release Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian on longtime label Warp. He’ll follow with the newly minted Diamond Watch Wrists, a collaboration with drummer Zach Hill, and its debut LP, Ice Capped at Both Ends, also via Warp on April 28. Then in May, Herren, alongside long-time collaborator Eva Puyelo Muns and new addition Roberto Carlos Lange, will release a new Savath y Savalas record, La Llama, with new label, Stones Throw. La Llama will be available digitally via, beginning March 16, and via CD/LP on May 12.

Guillermo Scott Herren is nothing if not proven. It’s hard to think of a name that carries as much weight in both hip-hop and avant-rock circles as Prefuse 73, who in the past year alone has been asked to remix TV On The Radio, Pelican, BLK JKS and Cornelius, not to mention his early collaborations with School of Seven Bells and Battles. These interactions have clearly helped to shape the evolving Herren’s sonic aesthetic, which has expanded to include Diamond Watch Wrists twisted visions of prog-rock and “machine funk,” and Savath y Savalas’ global psychedelia.

Savath y Savalas’ music offers up a heady excursion into Catalan folk melodies and the shapes of rhythm. For its Stones Throw debut, La Llama, Herren once again teams with Catalan singer/songwriter Puyelo Muns and recent addition, multi-instrumentalist Lange. The three share a love for South-American psychedelic music and Herren found inspiration for La Llama in the early 70’s independent music scene that had briefly flourished in Recife, Brazil.

Diamond Watch Wrists’ Ice Capped at Both Ends is the new band from Herren and superstar drummer Zach Hill (Hella, Marnie Stern). DWW shows an entirely new form of Herren creations, organic songs featuring Herren’s plaintive vocals, guitar and studio wizardry, Hill’s singular drumming as well as previously unheard nods to 60’s European acid-folk, classic American singer-songwriters and krautrock.

For Prefuse 73’s Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian, Herren rejected the idea of straight digital recording and instead went the much more intensive route of recording to analog Ampex tape, giving the album the sound of a lost tape of exploratory studio musicians from the not-too-distant past. In addition to the recording process, …Ampexian also differs in its composition, existing as a tapestry of tracks of varying lengths and moods, albeit with a remarkable linear flow and, of course, unmatched rhythmic bump. The album features appearances by fellow Savath Y Savalas member Lange (also co-produced), School of Seven Bells vocalist Claudia Deheza, Zach Hill, Dimitri Grimm and Gaslamp KIller.

Diamond Watch Wrists (Guillermo Scott Herren and Zach Hill)
Ice Capped At Both Ends
April 28, 2009

1. My Last Time In This Place
2. Politely
3. One Second Early
4. Onward Push Me Out
5. Diamond Falling Off My Grill
6. Dot Org Green Consumered
7. Start Wrong
8. Simple Love Notes
9. Speculative Forensic Investigation
10. Epedemic Epedemics
11. Taped Up Swagger
12. Ending
13. My Spirit

Savath Y Savalas
La Llama
May 12, 2009

1. intro
2. La Llama
3. Las 7 Sendas
4. Carajillo
5. Una Cura
6. Pavo Real
7. El Colleccionista
8. Sounds of Bowery
9. La Loba
10. Pajaros en Cadaques
11. Me Voy
12. Untitled
13. Barceloneta
14. Postlude
15. No Despierta
16. Adeu

Previously announced:
Prefuse 73
Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian
April 14, 2009

1. Periodic Measurements of Infrequent Smiles
2. Hairy Faces (stress)
3. Parachute Panador
4. NoNo
5. Punish
6. Half up Front
7. Sexual Fantasy Scale
8. DEC. Machine Funk all ERA’s
9. Get em High
10. Ampexian Tribe of a Lesser Time
11. When is a good time?
12. Fountains of Spring
13. Whipcream Eyepatch
14. Regalo
15. Rubber Stems
16. Oh is it
17. Four Reels Collide
18. Fringertip Trajectories
19. Violent Bathroom Exchange
20. Natures Uplifting Revenge
21. Yuletide
22. Simple Loop Choir
23. No Lights Still Rock – Feat. Dimlite
24. Gaslamp Killer Feedback Text
25. Digan Lo
26. Preperation’s Kids Choir
27. Pitch Pipe
28. Periodic Measurements of Infrequent Frowns
29. Formal Dedications