Prefuse 73, 'Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian' (Warp)

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by Mosi Reeves

Scott Herren's fifth album as glitch-hop pioneer Prefuse 73 opens and ends on familiar ground: the melodic, heavily modulated "Periodic Measurements of Infrequent Smiles" and "Periodic Measurements of Infrequent Frowns." Between those tracks, he unfurls more than two dozen other bits, from the stuttering arpeggios of "Dec. Machine Funk All ERAs" to the surreal jug-band blues of "Four Reels Collide." Herren's stream of consciousness favors laptop techniques and restless exploration, and the results are Ampexian's modestly satisfying minute-long grooves, which seemingly end as soon as they get started.

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