Adventurous Electronica meets Prog Rock Project Combinator Releases “re//combinator” EP
Unabashedly adventurous and pre-soaked in prog rock // simultaneously self confident and vulnerable // Combinator proudly offers re//combinator on 6/17/22; the follow up EP to 2020’s critically acclaimed Eargoggle Fodder. Featuring four new excitingly eclectic originals, a previously unreleased and insightfully indicative back catalog mix, and two contrasting and engaging recent release remixes (courtesy of prog rock royal Jesse Holt of ‘90s Seattle scene favorites, Second Coming), re//combinator cements this artist’s evolution and reaffirms the aurally animated work Sean Fairchild began on his previous solo release. Pre-save now and learn more: Linktr.ee/combinator
Healthy helpings of NIN-like industrial textures folded in with frenetic Squarepusher-esque beat fetishism, a Heap of vocoder-drenched emotivity, a couple pinches of prog rock, and two fingers of rhythmically intricate funk all combine to produce a diverse but ultimately accessible, future-focused roux for meaty lyrical themes ranging from posthumanism to lighthearted cartoon commentary. Combinator revels in a backdrop of bittersweet, earworm-friendly and heartstring-tugging harmony, never losing focus of the song or listener – yet manages moments of blinding instrumental virtuosity, pushing the electric bass envelope deeper and further into the acoustic and electronic realms.
Born abroad and raised in highly disparate locales; Malaysia, France, China, Japan, and around the US; Emmy-awarded and multi-endorsed Sean Fairchild developed an ear for the universally shared qualities of music that would propel him to charge through arbitrary ethnomusicological boundaries threatening to stand in the way of creativity. Settling in Seattle just in time for the city’s alternative heyday, the future allsound combiner adopted the freeness of spirit and alt-rock ethos that would serve as the bedrock for his musical musings and explorations.
Re//combinator is an intriguing and inviting window on fantastic things to come, while undeniably a product of the unique material it grew from. Join us on this journey, and you just may recapture some euphoric inspiration of your own and break free from ordinary musical monotony!
Accompanying the new EP is a mind-unravelling new music video for “Things That Should Be”. Sean had this to say about the song and video:
“Part of being an artist is, at times, dealing with crushing self doubt, and the reconciling of what you thought you might do and who you thought you might have become, versus who you see yourself as now. Things That Should Be captured my then-current feelings on the subject in a deeply personal way, laying them bare without pretense or protection, which felt simultaneously freeing and terrifying.”