“Less thought, more direction and purpose, less catering, more expression…” This was Savile’s mantra as he sculpted his ‘Compersion’ EP for us and it’s a mantra we should all subscribe to. It’s come about through his introspective analysis during the creation of his most succinct and starkest exploration date.
“’Compersion’ is a record about wrestling my own beliefs, both personal and political. It’s about experiencing the anxiety and absurdity of loving a partner and ultimately myself. The sounds, tempos and arrangements found here are the result of further experiments with editing tracks to their absolute minimum. I tried to work these songs like I am working on me. Less thought, more direction and purpose, less catering, more expression.” And more detail; throughout every stripped back heavily-edited sensation the conceptual EP provides, the meaning and message is palpable. Each track title inspired by Jenny Holzer and Helmut Lang’s revolutionary provocative, sexualisation of the art space in Florence Biennale, 1996, there’s a tangible physicality felt throughout…
The heavy breathing rhythmic elements of the electroid ‘Talk Smile Bite’ and its bedrock bedspring funk; the playful switch between breezy broken beats and driving techno coupled with minimal sample craft and literal message of an instantly recognisable vocal on ‘Watch Scan Wait’; the much heavier, intense techno pressure of ‘Tease Breathe Smell’ where the heart is on the sleeve and it’s palpitating wildly with direction, purpose and true expression.
A smart concept from a Smart resident, Savile has achieved something special here; a provocative model a deep self-construction and, above all, three damn fine pieces of techno.