In 2021, YEDM did a New Artist Highlight on Portlander experimental artist Jason Wann and his conceptual mission SINES which, at the moment, was on its third multi-track launch. Via that album, known as A Collection of Moments, Wann mixed all the perfect bits of synth pop and gave them a contemporary twist with dabbles of feminine vox accompaniments and totally different beat buildings. Not afraid to play with future bass, techno, bass home and, after all, classic synth pop, SINES exhibits nice promise to be the subsequent Odesza or Washed Out hybrid.
Not quite a lot of followers or press, for that matter, knew that between all the beautiful and celestial synth pop releases, Wann was additionally interstitially releasing below a distinct mission title known as Blood Oyster. Nearly utterly reverse in each manner from SINES, Blood Oyster is entrenched in booty bass, hip hop and entice with an emphasis on ‘booty.’ The aptly named Let Booty Unfastened that includes rapper Honey B. Candy launched in April 2021 adopted by the even dirtier Pussy Energy in October whereas Wann and SINES music accomplice Kitty Richardson have been engaged on A Collection of Moments. It should have been a colossal mind toggle for Wann.
Designed as a tongue-in-cheek nose-thumbing on the patriarchy and its want to manage girls’s our bodies, Blood Oyster is about as deliberately nasty as a 2LiveCrew or a WAP with monitor names like “From the Again” and “Throbbing Arduous Penis.” As these ironic assertion EPs which are seemingly about objectification have been being made, Wann was changing into increasingly more annoyed with the way in which girls are both exploited or repressed over the previous few years. This frustration culminated, because it did for thus many Individuals, within the Supreme Court docket’s resolution to overturn the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court docket resolution in June of 2022. Seen by many as the last word and most blatant signal that the US not solely doesn’t care about bodily autonomy for ladies and folks with uteruses, this resolution, made potential by the ushering in of two new far proper wing SCOTUS justices earlier than the top of Donald Trump’s presidential has unleashed a wave of states winding again the clock to pre-1973 guidelines and rules. States banned abortion clinics and Deliberate Parenthood, made even early time period abortions unlawful (together with in circumstances of rape) and a few states even made it potential for dad and mom who went by way of with an abortion to be tried for homicide.
With the dystopian nightmare described in Margaret Atwood’s fictional e-book The Handmaid’s Story all of a sudden turned actuality and Atwood a prophetess due to Brett Kavanaugh and particularly final Gilead Spouse Amy Coney Barrett, a great deal of artists determined to protest what has now been occurring within the US for nearly a yr. Together with the likes of Pussy Riot, Phoebe Bridgers, Kendrick Lamar, Olivia Rodrigo, Mariah Carey, Lizzo et al., Wann felt he couldn’t depart this problem alone. All of the sudden a cheeky commentary on how girls are utilized in media and abused in personal became an all-out protest with Biggest Hits. Stuffed with tracks from the unique two Blood Oyster EPs plus heaps extra, the 30-track Biggest Hits makes a daring assertion that it doesn’t matter what form of legal guidelines are locations on them, girls’s our bodies self-worth an sexuality will all the time be owned by them.
Wann as Blood Oyster makes this assertion in essentially the most enjoyable manner potential, with loud, colourful booty bass beats, unapologetic lyrics and so many catchy tunes. Watch out; you may end up singing the Daft Punk-esque “ASS” in your head at work or laughing on the someway each sexual and creepy “All people Loves Raymond” at inappropriate occasions. This complete “sequence of bootlegs” is inappropriate, after all, however that’s the purpose. A tapestry of impropriety woven with way more experimental music and flare than we’ve seen from Wann to date, the album juxtaposes the pure sensual potential of ladies and humanity in opposition to a few of its worst detractors so present what this oppression and management can truly do. With so lots of our idols fallen and a lot harm completed within the title of propriety, it’s time to take onerous have a look at rape tradition; simply ask “Dr. Huxtable.”
As if the Blood Oyster album weren’t sufficient, Wann has additionally put collectively an arty “sequence of visualizers” (who knew that album title can be such a enjoyable callback?) to go together with Biggest Hits. As a result of it’s a bootleg album, Wann has put the veritable film up on his Vimeo account without cost public viewing. Not fairly as soiled visually as it’s musically, the multimedia facet of Biggest Hits takes the artistry of the album up a number of notches. Watch it with some good audio system on TV and also you’ve principally received your self an at-home rave. Humorous, kitschy and filled with the love Wann has for ladies that listeners to the album alone might not really feel, the visualizer film is unquestionably price a watch (presumably on some mind-altering substances).
Even in case you’re into into booty bass or experimental bass or enjoyable visualizers, there’s one more reason to assist Blood Oyster and the Biggest Hits album: all earnings from its buy on Bandcamp might be donated to Deliberate Parenthood in Amy Coney Barrett’s title. That’s proper, within the custom of Mike Pence, Ted Cruz and different anti-uterus rights politicians, Wann has determined that Coney Barrett needs to be the subsequent recipient of this honor to be reminded day-after-day that those that worth the lives of ladies and kids will proceed to battle for his or her well being. The hyperlink for the album is right here (and likewise within the video above) however we additionally encourage followers of ladyparts in all places to take up this petty (and vital) trigger and donate to the factor SCOTUS and so many different misguided politicians are attempting to destroy. And in case you don’t wish to donate, have a cheeky, horny little rave in your front room or automotive, courtesy of Blood Oyster.