An inventive, cathartic burst of alternative noise; TAYNE have pushed the boundaries of instrumentation on their new EP, Wet Markets. The release marks a new creative outlet for founder Matthew Sutton, who like many other self-employed artists, is currently out of work due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Alongside his work with TAYNE, Sutton is employed as a tattoo artist at Camden’s Evil From The Needle studio. Since the lockdown began at the beginning of March, he’s been forced to cancel all appointments, so instead, he set himself the challenge of using his tattoo machines for a completely different purpose.
This re-purposing resulted in Wet Markets, a record created entirely from the sounds of a tattoo machine, loops stations, drum machines, effects pedals, and Sutton’s own vocals. Each track on the EP began as a live experiment, which Sutton documented daily on TAYNE’s Instagram and YouTube accounts, but he has since revisited and re-produced them into a more cohesive offering.
From the offset, Wet Markets is an abrasive, demanding listen. It’s a collection of polished, but pulverizing sounds that showcase Sutton’s talent as a DIY artist and producer. His attention to detail is impressive, even more so when taken in to consideration he recorded, mixed and mastered this from his bedroom studio, in a time where many are (understandably) struggling to focus on life outside of the news.
If you’re looking for something heavier to soundtrack your lockdown, invest in TAYNE’s Wet Market EP. You can download the release from Bandcamp here.