The Psychedelic Electro Noise: A Conversation With Eliot Sumner
    • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 02, 2016

    • Posted by: Don Saas

    Eliot Sumner first made waves in 2010 when she released the track "Caesar" with Robyn under one of her original stage names, I Blame Coco. If you don't know Sumner's name, you probably know her dad. He's Sting. But Sumner didn't get a feature with Robyn at such a young age (and a later track with Lykke Li as well) on family connections. It was her music.

    Sumner released her second LP (and the first under her given name) last month. The new album, The Information, is a swirling mix of electronica, industrial jams, and swaths of psychedelia. When describing some of the acts that helped to shape the record's new sound, Sumner brought up a deep well of influences.

    "...bands like Neu!...psychedelic stuff from Germany...It's electronic and psychadelic at the same time."

    There's a thrumming energy at the heart of Information. It mixes an aggressive sense of pop uplift with a dark and subversive paranoia and anxiety that seems to perfectly capture what it's like to be on the internet in 2016. And Sumner was able to articulate precisely the atmosphere she was hoping listeners would take from the album.

    "...the whole feel of the album is a lot of adrenaline, and like an aggressive energy, makes you feel good...makes you feel energetic, and that's the music I'm drawn to or the music that I find easiest to make."

    Sumner will be heading out on tour in support of the new record. Having heard the album (it's a must hear if you've ever wanted to know what a Florence & the Machine record would sound like if it were produced by Trent Reznor), I was left wondering how these particular sounds could translate live and what energy Sumner hoped her fans would bring to these shows.

    "...a really energetic live show. I think we play better live than the album sounds. You get all the magic moments when we play live, with you know more musicians on stage. Whereas on the record, you have to re-do stuff all the time, so those magic moments are quite rare."

    If you haven't had the chance to dig into Information yet, I highly recommend you do so. Sumner has crafted one of the first great electropop records of 2016.

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