Amon Tobin Takes Over NYC This Week With Art Exhibition, Boat Party, And Performance At Hammerstein Ballroom
"If you weren't at the Orpheum Theater ...to see Amon Tobin there isn't much else to say -- except that whatever you did, it was the wrong thing to have done." – City Pages
"At his spellbinding, visually arresting show at the Royal Oak Music Theatre Sunday, Amon Tobin didn't say a word to the crowd. He didn't have to. Tobin's music, and his jaw-dropping visuals, did all the talking for him" – Detroit News
Amon Tobin has called Stunt Rhythms his love letter to hip-hop, to the early elements of the culture built around innovation and freshness. Those elements permeate throughout Stunt Rhythms, including on recent single "101 South," which was recently featured by Pitchfork and is built around heavy synths and crashing break beats. Elsewhere, songs like "Snap" bring together off-kilter, bubbling synths and quick chops, breaking down classic hip-hop production to its constituent components, while other tracks, like "Razorback" and "Defender Rhythm" are likely better experienced (and danced to) than described.
As with all of Amon Tobin's projects, Stunt Rhythms will incorporate a strong visual presence, both through unique album packaging and through his heralded visual-heavy live performances. Stunt Rhythms will be released in a limited edition lemon-yellow three-LP format with a triptych dye cut sleeve that's truly stunning only available at the ISAM Live 2.0 merch table and on Saturday, September 15th, Amon Tobin will celebrate the opening of Control Over Nature, an audio/visual collaboration with award-winning artist Tessa Farmer that will be hosted at the Spencer Brownstone Gallery and run through October 6th. More information on the installation can be found here. Later that evening, Tobin will spin a special set for the Rocks Off Concert Cruise Series.
To support Stunt Rhythms, Amon Tobin is currently in the midst of a string of shows that started with two headline performances at Coachella earlier this year and followed with a sold-out night at London's Brixton Academy, a tour run through Australia, and another run through Europe. This fall, Amon Tobin has been touring stateside as a part of his ISAM Live 2.0 Tour. The tour will make a stops in New York City, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, Austin, Los Angeles, and more. Amon Tobin has compared the tour's complex stage and light arrangements to that of an art installation, and recently sat down for an exclusive behind-the-scenes chat with Rolling Stone to discuss the setup.