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Waver The Absolute

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Emerging from a decade-long hiatus, East Coast electronic producer and multi-instrumentalist, Sybarite, returns with Waver The Absolute. Following his lone, lush album on 4AD, Xian Hawkins released Cut Out Shape – an odds-and-ends collection that included his breakthrough collaboration with Psapp – before receding into his studio to focus on soundtrack and freelance work. The long break from Hawkins’ Sybarite project seems to have done him some good, as Waver The Absolute is unquestionably his strongest and most cohesive work to date.

The aesthetic shifts from Sybarite's early ‘00s work to Waver The Absolute are immediately apparent with the opening track – an in-your-face wall of harsh static and fuzz that evolves into a distant, almost blissful transmission. From there Hawkins slips effortlessly but uncharacteristically into dancefloor mode with a pair of tracks that stretch the limits and lengths of what we used to expect from Sybarite. Waver The Absolute defies genre and expectation, and the eclecticism serves it well.

The marriage of the electronic and the organic has been one that Hawkins has expertly manipulated since his days in the legendary Silver Apples in the late 1990s. On Waver The Absolute, he uses his Sybarite moniker to expand and explore that union in exhilarating and rewarding new ways.

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released October 14, 2016

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Experimental electronic producer and composer Xian Hawkins is Sybarite.

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