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ARTIST
TITLE
Beauty is Useless
FORMAT
LP

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CATALOG #
UME 001LP UME 001LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
9/30/2022

Though Beauty is Useless is only his second solo record, James Devane has been producing and performing music for over two decades, both in isolation and collaboratively (most notably as his duo En with Maxwell August Croy). While his first record (self-titled on Bremsstrahlung) explored digital manipulation of guitar-based loops, Beauty finds Devane replacing the computer processing and aural landscape projection for a couple vintage keyboards, modular based effects, and most notably, a drum machine. Evoking elements of German minimal techno, Beauty is a rich, focused discovery of process and restraint where less is refreshingly more.