Big Spider's Back (aka Yair Rubinstein) returns in bold fashion with Beverly Centaur, an expansive 9-track album of transportive analog tech-house jams due out digitally and on cassette tape April 28th via Seattle labels Hush Hush Records.
It's been three years since the Durham, North Carolina-based electronic producer unveiled Ssoft, a transitional EP that fully showcased his love for classic melodic techno and propulsive house rhythms filtered through a radiant, colorful, and kaleidoscopic prism. Stray singles and a few remixes have trickled out since then, yet during this interim there was never any specific intention to create an album. The songs that were composed and eventually recorded for Beverly Centaur began simply as a coping mechanism for the personal turmoil he was going through at the time. In an effort to escape the heavy emotional energy he was experiencing, Yair started to engage with his synthesizers. As the artist states, "What became Beverly Centaur started out simply as a therapeutic way to ease my psyche. Nothing more, and nothing less."
Rather than allowing the music to become consumed by the tropes of the confessional album, Yair instead embraced the idea of the album simply reflecting a snapshot of his life during the time it was made. These sonic photographs ultimately yield a unique autobiographical record, but devoid of any overt message to send the listener. Instead, its instrumental-heavy nature exudes an overarching escapist tone in its driving rhythms and sun-kissed melodies. This includes the lone vocal-laced track ("Solarium" featuring Seattle duo USF), a half-finished collaboration from nearly a decade ago that was finally realized for this album.
Elaborating more on the ideas behind the record, Big Spider's Back states, "Beverly Centaur is more of a concept album about the weird combination of torpor and twitchiness that characterizes the feeling of insomnia, the somnambulant psychosis you feel when you don't sleep for days at a time. It's a state that somehow resides simultaneously between the sobering feeling of eternal daylight, and the psychedelic haze of never feeling fully awake or fully present." In effect, this album is designed to mirror how it feels to pass between the liminal states of sleepiness and sleeplessness, while simultaneously setting forth an album tailored to get lost in the bliss of an adventurous dancefloor, escape your thoughts during a headphone session, or simply drift away with to escape the weight of emotional inertia.