Yves Tumor

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Yves Tumor
Birth nameSean Bowie
Also known as
  • Teams
  • Bekelé Berhanu
  • Rajel Ali
  • Shanti
  • Yvesie Ray Vaughan
BornMiami, Florida, U.S.
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • synthesizer
  • keyboards
  • guitar
  • bass
  • drums
Years active2010–present
Labels
Associated acts

Sean Bowie, best known by the recording alias Yves Tumor, is an American producer of experimental electronic music, born in Miami, Florida and currently based in Turin, Italy.[4][5]

Life and career[edit]

Raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Tumor started making music at age 17 as an outlet away from "dull, conservative surroundings." They taught themself to play drums, bass, guitar, and keyboards. Describing their experience growing up in Tennessee as unpleasant, they moved at age 20 to San Diego, and after college to Los Angeles, where they met Mykki Blanco in 2012, with whom they later toured for two and a half years throughout Europe and Asia.[6]

In the early 2010s, Tumor recorded as Teams, and made music which AllMusic described as "post-chillwave". They debuted their Yves Tumor project in 2015 with an EP for Berlin's experimental club label Janus, and another one for Blanco's label, Dogfood MG.[7][3][8] That same year, they self-released their first album, When Man Fails You (which would later be re-released by Apothecary Compositions on April 29, 2016).[9][10]

In September 2016, Tumor signed with PAN Records and released its label debut, Serpent Music. They had worked on the album for three years after moving to Leipzig, Germany. The album was recorded between Miami, Leipzig, Los Angeles and Berlin.[6] In Pitchfork's review of the album, critic Andy Beta compared Tumor's musical style to James Ferraro and Dean Blunt, and noted their use of "unsettling percussive loops and field recordings to create a mood as if lost in a strange urban landscape".[11]

In September 2017, Tumor released a compilation album titled Experiencing the Deposit of Faith for free. Later that week, it was revealed through a tour announcement that Tumor had signed to Warp Records. Following the announcement, they embarked on a tour with a new audiovisual show.[12][13]

In September 2018, Tumor released their Warp debut, Safe in the Hands of Love, with no prior announcement. It was preceded by the singles "Noid" on July 24, "Licking an Orchid" featuring James K on August 29, and "Lifetime" on September 3. The album received universal acclaim from music critics.[14] Pitchfork's Jayson Greene stated in their review that the album "dwarfs everything the artist has released by several orders of magnitude. The leap is so audacious it's disorienting."[15]

Tumor's fourth album, Heaven to a Tortured Mind, was released on April 3, 2020, preceded on March 3 by the single "Kerosene" featuring Diana Gordon.[16] Alexis Petridis, reviewing the album for The Guardian, awarded it Album of the Week, describing it as "extraordinary: experimental, capable of any genre, with an internal logic powering its shifts in mood.[17]

Musical style[edit]

Tumor has cited Throbbing Gristle as a major influence, saying: "There's something about their music, like the hypnotic trance vibes, that really influenced me."[6]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
When Man Fails You
Serpent Music
  • Released: September 22, 2016[19]
  • Label: PAN
  • Format: LP, digital download
Safe in the Hands of Love
  • Released: September 5, 2018
  • Label: Warp
  • Format: LP, CD, digital download
Heaven to a Tortured Mind[20]
  • Released: April 3, 2020
  • Label: Warp
  • Format: LP, CD, digital download

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details
Experiencing the Deposit of Faith
  • Released: September 13, 2017[21]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Noid"[22] 2018 Safe in the Hands of Love
"Licking an Orchid"[23]
(featuring James K)
"Lifetime"[24]
"Gospel for a New Century"[25] 2020 Heaven to a Tortured Mind
"Kerosene!"
"Romanticist" / "Dream Palette"[26]

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Artist Album
"Histrionic I" 2015 Mykki Blanco Mykki Blanco Presents C-ORE[27]
"Childish"
"Histrionic II"
"Histrionic III / Skunk of the Earth"

Remixes[edit]

Title Year Artist Album
"Zure"
(Yves Tumor Obsession Edit)
2017 Ryuichi Sakamoto Async Remodels
"The Altar"
(Ruined by Yves Tumor)
2018 Alice Glass Alice Glass (Remixes)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Re-released by Apothecary Compositions on April 29, 2016, on cassette and digital download.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hutchinson, Kate (September 22, 2018). "One to watch: Yves Tumor". The Guardian. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Frank, Alex (January 11, 2017). "The Disgusting Beauty of Enigmatic Experimentalist Yves Tumor". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Simpson, Paul. "Yves Tumor | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  4. ^ McDermott, Patrick D. (October 5, 2016). "FADER Mix: Yves Tumor". The Fader. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  5. ^ "Bandcamp: Yves Tumor". Bandcamp. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Bulut, Selim (September 20, 2016). "Yves Tumor is making mood music in spiritual solitude". Dazed. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  7. ^ Ballard, Thea (September 23, 2017). "Yves Tumor: Experiencing the Deposit of Faith Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  8. ^ Pearl, Max (September 1, 2016). "RA News: PAN signs Yves Tumor for debut album, Serpent Music". Resident Advisor. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  9. ^ Clare Welsh, April (September 1, 2016). "Mykki Blanco affiliate Yves Tumor to release Serpent Music on PAN". Fact. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "When Man Fails You | Apothecary Compositions". Bandcamp. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  11. ^ Beta, Andy (October 6, 2016). "Yves Tumor: Serpent Music Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  12. ^ Ryce, Andrew (September 15, 2017). "RA News: Yves Tumor signs to Warp Records". Resident Advisor. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  13. ^ Bowe, Miles (September 15, 2017). "Yves Tumor signs to Warp, releases new album Experiencing The Deposit Of Faith". Fact. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  14. ^ "Safe in the Hands of Love by Yves Tumor Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  15. ^ Greene, Jayson (September 7, 2018). "Yves Tumor: Safe in the Hands of Love Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  16. ^ "Listen to Yves Tumor's New Song "Kerosene"". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2020-03-09.
  17. ^ Petridis, Alexis (April 2, 2020). "Yves Tumor: Heaven to a Tortured Mind review – strong, wrong songs of a rare genius". The Guardian. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  18. ^ Mashurova, Nina (July 2, 2015). "Yves Tumor, When Man Fails You". Impose. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  19. ^ "Serpent Music | Yves Tumor". Bandcamp. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  20. ^ Moreland, Quinn (Feb 18, 2020). "Yves Tumor Announces New Album, Shares Video for New Song: Watch". Pitchfork. Retrieved Feb 19, 2020.
  21. ^ Durston, Tom (September 16, 2017). "Yves Tumor signs to Warp Records and offers free compilation 'Experiencing The Deposit Of Faith'". Inverted Audio. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  22. ^ "Noid - Single by Yves Tumor on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  23. ^ "Licking an Orchid (feat. James K) - Single by Yves Tumor on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  24. ^ "Lifetime - Single by Yves Tumor on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  25. ^ "Gospel For A New Century - Single by Yves Tumor on Apple Music". Apple Music. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  26. ^ "Romanticist / Dream Palette by Yves Tumor". Spotify. Retrieved March 31, 2020.
  27. ^ "Mykki Blanco Presents C-ORE | Mykki Blanco". Bandcamp. Retrieved October 17, 2018.