Yves Tumor is the inspired, enigmatic and conflicted persona of Tennessee-raised producer/performer Sean Bowie, a conduit for a distinctly bold personal aesthetic that has wrought the entrancing Serpent Music LP (out now on PAN), and a burgeoning reputation for bruising, invigorating live performance.
Evolved from a diverse and prolific creative history under an expansive plethora of covert aliases, plus strong ties with forward-thinkers such as NON and Mykki Blanco, Yves Tumor emerges as Bowie’s most personal and matured incarnation to date, with Serpent Music his strongest recorded statement.
Painstakingly written from pieces developed upon since 2013, Serpent Music was initially composed as a soul record – based around delicate and emotive songwriting in various forms. The album spans sonically diverse and richly-textured pieces, formed from live, organic instruments, samples and various field recordings. Dreamlike lo-fi psychedelia sits alongside broken electronic experimentations, ambient compositions between abrasive noise offer insight into a haunting otherworld.
The Yves Tumor live experience offers a thrilling, jarring counterpoint to his recorded self, designed to detonate in a range of contexts from a punk pit to low-lit club: a wild card one-man-show that confronts sonically and gesturally, ripping preconceptions asunder… the fangs of Serpent Music bared and bloodied.
Images below courtesy of Dicko Chan (L) and Bryon Spencer (R) taken during Yves Tumors’ performance at Hood By Air Made Event, Los Angeles.