I’m sitting across from my father, listening to the new Stygian Stride, when he asks me what I’m working on. I tell him about this immanent posting, and describe the music to him – “dark, pulsing, droning synth.” Clear as day, he responds, “Well, that sounds like the soundtrack to a mysterious crime film to me.”
Jimy SeiTang, of Psychic Ills and Rhyton, recently released his debut solo LP on Thrill Jockey. Self-styled Stygian Stride, the music evokes the name perfectly; a slow, purposeful stalk through the River Styx, guided only by SeiTang’s analog electronics and a perfectly organic sense of pace and texture.
In the video below, for lead-off single “Drift,” my father’s word becomes film. A shrouded group glides through the murk of a New York night. A crate appears on the screen. Action begins. A crowbar, and a revelation: an enigmatic safe. As the drilling begins, the film ends. This denial allows SeiTang to leave viewers in the dark on Stygian Stride, and that’s exactly where we should be.