MALK newest album ‘WMAIDIT,’ short for, ‘Watch Me As I Die In Time’ arrives in April 2019. If your familiar with Becker’s other work, you know it packs a great deal of mood and content into a short amount of time, often with little reverence for genre or musical theory. With a razor focus he sets the stage, dealing his poison quickly to trap his prey. It’s the kind of immersive, to-the-point storytelling which makes it ideal for the modern day attention span.
MALK’s critically acclaimed album ‘A Death from a Love’ released on Home Assembly Music was named Norman Records “#1 Best Album of 2018.” It was touted by the label as a cut and paste predecessor his Mahatma X style, only this time taking the listener on a delirious, dark vapor/cyberpunk adventure through the schizoid cartoon narrative of Trump's America of futuristic beats careening across sci-fi soundscapes, creating an altogether exhilarating ride. With ‘WMAIDIT,’ the sound palette veers in a completely different direction, yet again. ‘WMAIDIT’ was conceived in the Mabie Forest in Dumfries, Scotland from 2015-2016. Nearly all of the sounds heard in the project are from the forest, apart from an acoustic guitar, acoustic bass, melodica, ocarina, banjo and toy keyboard. The album was designed to give the listener a sense of being lost in a forest, but with technology still present – like being lost in the forest with only the light from your phone to guide you.
The disorienting elements of punk, hip hop, and vapor wave of Becker’s previous releases still manage to find their way onto the album, however there are far more personal forces at play with ‘WMAIDIT.’ MALK’s interest in electro-acoustic music began with releases like Jon Hopkin and King Creosote’s album ‘Diamond Mine’ and Animal Collective’s ‘Campfire Songs.’ Captivated by the ungroomed union of acoustics and electronic, MALK began to internalize it and fashion his own crude brand. A stint in his part-time home of Scotland provided the right amount of grounding to write, ‘WMAIDIT,’ an album that’s been hidden away for quite some time. That is, until MALK discovered Lost Tribe Sound, with our penchant for releasing rare and often acoustically driven albums by artists who typically create electronic music, LTS was the perfect fit.
In the end, ‘WMAIDIT’ is a challenge to define by style, genre, or mood. ‘WMAIDIT’ runs through a bizarre alchemy of styles, combining tender moments of homespun folk and indie with dub, lo-fi grunge with off-kilter beats, and woozy ambience with all out punk aggression. Would it be ridiculous to class it as forest dub, post-punk-swamp-step, or folk-rock-wave, probably? Regardless, we haven’t heard anything quite like it before, and that is a major positive when you’re talking about an artist like MALK, who has a clear mastery of what he wants it to sound like. He cares little for convention, and bends the preconceived notion of style and delivery to his whim.