Seth Olinsky is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, composer, producer and studio owner best known as the co-founder and lead vocalist of acclaimed, underground, experimental noise folk outfit Akron/Family. He’s also known as the creative mastermind behind the equally acclaimed project Cy Dune, a project that has found Olinsky exploring the blues, 50s rock and 60s/70s photo-punk through his unique lens.
Olinsky’s various projects have displayed a post-genre approach in which he collages several different genres simultaneously to create multiple meanings while purposely juxtaposing authentic and pure songwriting sincerity with self aware meta-meaning and pranksterism.
His latest Cy Dune effort Against Face is slated for a March 3, 2022 release through Lightning Studios. Clocking in at a breakneck 18 minutes, the album is a meta-punk blast through 20th Century art school punk forms mashed together.
In the lead up to the album’s release next month, I’ve managed to write about two of Against Face‘s previously related singles:
- Title track “Against Face” a buzzing and mischievous, mosh pit friendly mash-up of Bob Dylan and The Stooges self-titled album — in particular “No Fun.”
- “Disorientation (Cut Up),” a dazzling and mind-bending synthesis of angular Wire-like post punk, house music, and New Order/Manchester sound centered around enormous, rousingly anthemic hooks paired with Olinsky delivering dance floor friendly cliches in a series of non-sequiturs before the song breaks sown and remixes itself.
Clocking in at about 85 seconds, Against Face‘s latest single “Any More” is a frenetic, polyrhythmic and breakneck freakout featuring buzzing power chords paired with Olinsky’s crooning verses and howled choruses and an ecstatic, free jazz-inspired guitar solo. The song veers out of control like a runaway train — and it’s just a lot of fucking fun.
“My favorite part of this song is how out of control the drums feel – the way that these fast, derailed drums cycle against the slower, almost crooner-like drag of the verse vocals,” Olinsky says in press notes. “The guitar solo is just a sheer jump off a cliff, and I love how it cuts off so sharply into nothingness. There’s an electricity in the song that evokes a wildness and spirit that has an ecstatic, visceral excitement to me.”