While some people might be surprised by Only Child Tyrant—”Really? A… rock record from Amon Tobin?” — long-time listeners will be able to join the dots between this material and earlier releases. It was there in ‘Get Your Snack On’ from the Supermodified album, and many of the tracks on Chaos Theory. Amon’s DJ sets often weave the odd guitar-based track among the rest. And to take a real deep cut, the most erudite of superfans will recall the infamous Slayer bootleg.
So it’s not a diversion—Only Child Tyrant is bringing a familiar beat back, with an even stronger focus. Nomark provides the opportunity for Only Child Tyrant to flourish alongside the cryptic Tobin albums and the bruising Two Fingers rhythms, with yet more guises waiting in the wings.
In the words of Amon Tobin, “In the eight years since ISAM, I’ve developed six different projects, each with its own distinct sonic aesthetic. Two of them, including my own name releases and my Two Fingers alias, are established already. Only Child Tyrant is the first of these to come out entirely fresh as a new moniker on my label Nomark.”
The album is rooted in catchy upbeat recordings which could arguably be described as the most accessible of the music touched on in early ‘Amon Tobin’ records. That is to say, prior to the more experimental electronic direction I’ve chosen to develop under my own name since.
The energy and spontaneity of those early releases have been captured and developed fully into an entity of its own, with added surprises along the way, not least of which is a guest vocal appearance by Figueroa, who will see his own debut on Nomark in the forthcoming months.
Stream it here.