Guillermo Scott Herren exceeds all expectations with his fifth full-length album under the alias of Prefuse 73. Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian is a head trip into a densely packed forest of mostly experimental, instrumental hip-hop.
Considered by many to be a forefather of the "glitch-hop" genre—much to his chagrin—Herren's latest showcases swaggering beats hugged by a dizzying array of spliced, stretched and affected recordings of instruments, voices, clangs, synth blips and other sounds.
It's a familiar approach, but much more psychedelic and airy this time, thanks to the fact that Herren recorded these tunes on analog tape. He also keeps things ultra succinct, with many of the 29 tracks on this album clocking in at a minute or less. It all flows seamlessly together, and the conciseness keeps things crisp and intriguing.
But I'd also argue the lengthier songs make this release shine: "No Lights Still Rock" at times sounds like a chorus of androids arguing over a sinuous, slinky beat, while "Regalo" pairs gorgeous Flamenco-esque guitar riffs and gritty rhythms with vaporous female vocals. As a whole, Herren yet again delivers the goods on all fronts, and makes the case that he'll always be an innovator who outshines imitators.
Prefuse 73 plays the Palace Thursday, Jan. 28, at 9 PM with The Gaslamp Killer and Voices Voices. $12 advance at Ear Candy.