afropunk premiere: pegasus warning’s latest ep ‘pwep2’ is a glitched out r&b instant classic #soundcheck

September 26, 2016

It’s been a minute since we last heard from Pegasus Warning, the glitched out R&B project of drummer Guillermo E. Brown. His latest, the simply titled PwEP2, dials back some of the self-cannabalizing deconstruction of his first record in favor of a more plastic-synths-in-a-hot-car kind of vibe. The analog synths skip and burble, grind and shriek in service of playing out the best hooks Pegasus Warning has committed to tape. The vocals are pushed further to the front, while the glitches and squiggles lurk in the margins, constantly threatening to take over the whole thing and turn it to noise. The tension plays best on cuts like “Building A Bridge” and “Traces” where Pegasus Warning finds a perfect balance in his quest to fit both Prince and Richard James in the same body. Most stunning though is the closing piano ballad “Detatch” that teases sentimentality before engulfing itself in a wash of beautiful noise. It’s all the contradictions that make this EP something you need to hear.

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK contributor