【review/rate】yves tumor / safe in the hands of love

released 2018, warp records.

Out of nowhere, Yves Tumor has Beyoncé’d an album, one that’s chock full of offerings unlike any other released this year.

“Safe in the Hands of Love” follows shortly after Tumor’s 2017 album “Experiencing the Deposit of Faith”, and it continues a trend of fascinatingly produced pieces that meld sound and curiosity into songs that aren’t easily digestible, yet they provide a listening experience that isn’t easily found elsewhere. This time, more pop-like structures and vocals are present and Yves does a bang up job at still letting his individuality and unique character run wild and shine.

Singles “Noid”, “Licking an Orchid”, and “Lifetime” are clumped together in the midsection, and are an extremely solid representation of the sonic directions explored on this record. “Noid” is the best of the best here, a perfect amalgamation of accessibility and inaccessibility.

There’s a little bit of industrial Merzbow-y influence and noise amongst the tracklist (“Hope in Suffering”, “Let the Lioness…”) which may turn off more casual listeners, but as a whole, “Safe in the Hands of Love” is an album that cannot be missed. If you enjoy Aphex Twin, Arca or even Death Grips, Yves Tumor belongs on your playlists. Song rankings under the cut.

  1. Faith in nothing except salvation (N/A)
  2. Economy of freedom ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Honesty ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Noid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. Licking an orchid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Lifetime ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Hope in suffering (escaping oblivion and overcoming powerlessness) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. Recognizing the enemy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  9. All the love we have now ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Let the lioness in you flow freely ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Must-Listen : Noid, All the love we have now
  • (The two most accessible cuts also prove to be two of the most impressively produced songs as well.)
  • Skip : None, or this entire album if you don’t think you’ve got the ear for it.
  • (Seriously, it could go either way, but I advise you at least give it a shot.)
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