Brooklyn musician Nathaniel Young creates erratic and feral electronic expositions. His work is filled with vague musical allusions but presents a clear direction in terms of how Young approaches these often disparate and labyrinthine sounds. In his spare time, he manages a host of different labels (including Blankstairs, Debacle Records and Motor) while still producing a stream of musical ephemera that is both captivating and impenetrable in equal measure. And yet, his talent for involving his audience instead of holding them at an arm’s length is what gives his work much of its emotional relevance and internal momentum. Despite his fascination with sounds that ably move within and outside of what we’ve come to expect as experimental music, Young never once loses us in this spatial fog of noise and texture.
On his new release, Stringed Exploits, Young fashions an ode to the art of micro-experimentalism, a variable thought sequence occurring in miniature rhythmic movements. That isn’t to say that his work is less dramatic this time around—it certainly is. But here, he manages to incorporate a number of succinct stylistic maneuvers in a relatively brief period of time. And while some of these tracks do tend toward shorter lengths, the amount of information and emotion expressed is commiserate with their brevity and conciseness. Young’s ability to impart a measure of himself within these sounds lies in his unwavering faith in the transformative power of simple rhythms and tonal abstractions, and Stringed Exploits provides the perfect platform for him to convey these conceptual beliefs and feelings.