Toronto one-man electronic outfit VIRE is an impressively complex project that sees Phil Wilson drumming live, while triggering all accompanying samples in real time. The result is a mash-up of electro, post-punk, noise and dance music.
VIRE's latest release is his Human Contact EP, and in addition to a full stream of the EP, Exclaim.ca has the premiere of a new video for "Control You."
Last year, Wilson shared the EP's title track and a live-off-the-floor video version of "Control You," but now the full EP is up for a listen and "Control You" has received the official video treatment.
The six-song collection delivers a variety of manipulated sound, from dark robotic vocals ("Control You") to bursts of bombastic synths ("One Age Youth"), with Wilson's intricate drum patterns providing the thread that weaves the songs together into a cohesive set.
As for the new clip, director Karol Orzechowski released the following statement about the visuals:
The video for "Control You" re-imagines VIRE as a robo-drummer living in indefinite storage in a dank basement, to be turned on and off at his master's whim. The lines between master and mastered blur as the song pulses forward, and VIRE ultimately gets put back into storage to wait for the next session.
The Human Contact EP arrives today (February 10), and you can stream it below or head over here to nab a free download. Scroll past the album stream to check out the premiere of VIRE's new video for "Control You."