Trusting their 20-year music relationship, the pair produced a whimsical set, Symbolyst, a suppressed dream state of beats named for its “symbolist” style of production, which is purposely ambiguous and boundless in interpretation. What else would you expect from a band whose name basically means “the body’s emotional brain”?
In a sense, Symbolyst is a trippy nod to the 19th century Existentialist art and literature movement, funneled through beat machines and synthesizers.
The airy, percussive instrumentals feel like falling into a giant teacup, mind-traveling with characters that don’t seem at all relative — two anomalous ones referenced in their bio are “Jackson 5 funk” and “Jung’s theory” — but, overall, the mash up feels perky.
Incidentally, if you want a pre-show peek into what Symbolyst sounds like, Consequence of Sound’s blog has a free promotional stream of the 10-track album, which debuted in mid-September on Western Vinyl. It’s definitely worth checking out before you head over and see them with labelmates Zammuto, who also collaborated with them on a remix of their second single, “Falling Together.”
LYMBYC SYSTYM perform Wednesday, Oct. 10 at MOTR Pub in Over-the-Rhine with Zammuto.