R.M. Hendrix – “Automaton (Turn Yourself On)”


Usher in your Halloween season with a delightfully dark track, exploring the prospect of an AI that “loses control, resurrects, seeks revenge,” kickstarting an apocalyptic series of events. “Automaton (Turn Yourself On),” the latest from Boston-based artist R.M. Hendrix, achieves this conceptual grip amidst a haunting electronic-forward aesthetical pursuit, veering into darkly industrial soundscapes.

Grimy synth buzzing emits a throbbing intrigue amidst evolving percussion and steady vocals. The rhythms excel into a dexterous vibrancy as the vocals emerge — and then fade as a ghostly choir effect takes hold alongside maraca-like rhythms. “Reassemble,” the vocals aptly let out in the next sequence, stirring as the buzzy synths and hypnotic percussive moments take hold.

A deeper spoken-word resonance lingers past the mid-point, culminating in a fervent outro with escalating rhythms and a wavering, haunting textural power. “Automaton (Turn Yourself On)” is another atmospherically delectable showcase from R.M. Hendrix. The self-produced track was recorded in three sessions, beginning in Los Angeles, then in Reykjavik, and finishing in Boston.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of October 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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