Listen: Deru – ‘Torn In Two’

This is haunting, and creepy, and wonderful doomy, droney-ness… Deru aka Benjamin Wynn is an Emmy Award winning American composer and music producer. Deru’s last record, 1979, dealt with individual human emotions. His […]

This is haunting, and creepy, and wonderful doomy, droney-ness…

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Deru aka Benjamin Wynn is an Emmy Award winning American composer and music producer.

Deru’s last record, 1979, dealt with individual human emotions. His new project, Torn In Two, zooms out and deals with human existence as a whole. It finds feelings of frustration, dissociation and anger, but from a high vantage that affords perspective and allows the project to include acceptance, beauty and tranquility.

Torn In Two is set for release on October 19th via Friends of Friends (Anenon, Shlohmo, Perera Elsewhere). The music lives in evolving landscapes of violence and beauty, with compositions that shape-shift, flutter, and decimate one’s sense of time and place. The album is a collection of microtonal pieces where the pitches were derived from acoustic instruments, and processed woodwind and brass recordings. Both represented new directions for Wynn, and the results are pieces that are more dynamic and full-spectrum than his previous body of work. They explode into walls of distortion and recede into quiet acoustics.

The track ‘Torn In Two’ is the blistering album opener.

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