Impactful club music from the Janus artist.
Writhing rhythms dominate almost all of Confusía's 13 tracks, a reflection perhaps of Blom's apparent focus on DJing (this is only her second full release). On "Horses," you'll find clipped vocals, staccato kicks and other pleasingly brittle sounds. The playful beat of "Forced" is underpinned by clock samples and jittery pitched-up chanting. "Everything For Everyone" layers operatic singing, twinkling harpsichord and police sirens alongside hammering double-time kick drums and triplet hi-hats. Confusía is awash with inventive tonal juxtapositions and violent rhythmic contortions, at times recalling the choppy patterns of emerging UK producers such as LOFT and BFTT.
In a 2016 interview with The Fader, Blom suggested the confrontational music she'd made as a teenager was in response to Sweden's political climate. It's tempting to trace a punk-ish line from those screaming, guitar-playing early years through to her recent output. Where Furiosa, her 2016 EP on Janus, often felt angry, Confusía appears less emotionally direct. The album is often disorienting, each new percussive configuration more destabilising than the last.
What Confusía lacks is the connective tissue that held Furiosa together. The resulting tracks can seem disparate and skeletal, swinging from the trancey, hardstyle influences of "The Carver" to the more abstract drums of "Miasma" without maintaining the momentum. "Remembrance" is one instance where a lack of momentum is welcome. The track opens with deep, bowed cello, after which she adds cavernous kicks, fluttering percussion and a reverbed guitar line reminiscent of The Durutti Column. It ends on blissful, synthetic-sounding strings, a reminder that even amid the chaos Blom is able to conjure fleeting beauty.