Painted Caves is Evan Caminiti. Surveillance is his debut LP under this alias.
Primarily sourced from modular synthesizer, Surveillance compiles 7 tracks recorded over the last year, warped with cassette tapes and other digital tools. Beamed in like a scene from Videodrome, this sensual brand of dystopian psychedelia creates a grainy and tension filled narrative to get lost in.
Much of Caminiti’s past work has inhabited a world of it’s own, but Surveillance is a direct response to life in an American city today. Inspired by the darker aspects of the constantly plugged in digital age, this album seems to turn feelings of alienation and paranoia into something cathartic. Lying somewhere between no wave dystopia and basic channel minimalism, heavy grooves and polyrhythmic percussion lay a foundation for bell like drones and decaying saw wave mantras which fade into rhythmic abstraction as distant choirs and flickering static interference hovers around the edges.
First heard this album on Spotify after appearing in my recommended feed. Didn't give it a listen until after a gig in NY. I had called a cab as I didn't feel like going on the subway. As we drove through Manhattan at 2 AM, Radiation came on. The ambiences, the sax swells that appear out of nowhere, the thick, heavy distortion. All of this coupled with my exhaustion was perfect. I wound up listening to the rest of the album that night, even when I got home. Michael Butterly