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Released on 10 November 2017 on Merge Records.

Escape-Ism is a solo project by Ian Svenonius of groups which include Chain & The Gang, The Make Up, The Nation of Ulysses, XYZ, and Weird War. Ian Svenonius is also author of underground bestsellers such as 'The Psychic Soviet', 'Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ’n’ Roll Group', and 'Censorship Now!!' — and as such, it’s profound, prophetic, perverse, and poetic…

It’s introverted glitter, violence against the state, obsessive desire; it stomps on convention, shreds constitutions, clobbers pre-conceived notions of what a record can be. Yes, that’s right: a single-person performance by Ian Svenonius - recognized by Performer Magazine as the “greatest performer on the planet”

Introduction to Escape-ism is a bite into a one-banana bunch. A drum box, a guitar, a cassette player, and a single slobbering, sinful voice singing out… for a way out.

Live, it’s a new paradigm of performance: raw, gestural, idiotic, sublime, revolutionary, poetic, faux naïf, unknowing, a drainage pipe that leads to who knows where.

Escape-Ism’s Introduction to Escape-ism isn’t just the soundtrack for a late-night drive on a lonely interstate, or a platter played to incite abandon at a pyjama party with one’s pals. It’s also a tunnel to tomorrow. It’s a mineshaft to the motherlode.

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