“[In making music] I think if you focus on the process instead of the result, you might get something completely unique”
Egyptrixx is one of many aliases of Torontonian David Psutka. His latest album under the Egyptrixx moniker, ‘Pure, Beyond Reproach’ channels vast swathes of plastic floating around the Pacific Ocean, via crunchy and abrasive synthesised sounds.
We had a brief chat about our respective cities; Toronto as a massive city that was originally planned to be suburban, with dysfunctional public transport and useless politicians; and Dublin as a much older, smaller city with similar problems. We also touched on the connection between Ireland and Canada, with thousands of Irish emigrating to Toronto during The Famine, and the strange, almost Irish accent of Newfoundland Province in Canada, before jumping into a dialogue about the new album, out this Friday.
I was listening to the album today and the image it gave me while listening was a sort of industrial factory in a rainforest. Was there any world that you imagined when you were creating it?
Yeah, something similar to what you described, in terms of aesthetic. The record is channeling the imagined rhythm of oceanic shuffling of micro plastics and plastic glitter floating in the Pacific Ocean. So the record channels the clatter and collisions of all these pieces of plastic in the water on a microscopic level. It’s similar to the description you just made because it’s both natural and artificial, it’s both disgusting and trashy and also natural and serene. And I think that tension exists between those things, between beauty and trash.
Is there a visual counterpart for the new record?
ANF (Andreas Fischer) the artist who did the artwork for the record, we collaborated like we have on all the records. There’s no video component like with previous records, but we did work in tandem developing the art design, and the cover is definitely in line with the aesthetic we established with previous work. It’s almost a literal representation of sound on the record, quite colourful and splashy and abrupt.