Perturbator, Gost

Courtesy of Blood Music


Sat., Jan. 7, 9 p.m. 2017
Paris musician James Kent is at the forefront of a recent movement of electronic music artists that have developed followings among heavy metal fans. Performing under the name Perturbator, Kent puts together aggressive synth-wave compositions that aesthetically evoke a world where the characters of Blade Runner down a bunch of energy drinks and hold an Ultimate Fighting tournament. Initially self-releasing his music through Bandcamp and SoundCloud, Kent’s haunting songcraft positions him as a next-generation cyberpunk Giorgio Moroder, but the layout and buildup of his best tracks also match the power and atmosphere of contemporary heavy metal. Kent genre-hops even more than that on his latest effort, as he seamlessly puts together instrumental odes inspired by ’70s disco, ’80s film scores and ’90s industrial.
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