PURGE

by Dis Fig

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"Dis Fig's 'PURGE' fits snugly into the PTP credo: The record wavers between Chen’s scorched vocals battling to be heard over brutal, electronic production and luminous, minimalist moments where her words resonate as tender pleas. Along the way, the album nods to trip-hop, techno, noise, punk and soul influences. But despite its progressive production, its emotional heart challenges the listener to empathize why Chen whips between violent outbursts and quiet pockets of respite. ...

The ebb and flow between drama and reflection define PURGE’s topography. Her words are often repressed by the production, but she isn’t crying out in vain—she’s feeling for tears in a fabric of her own creation. ... As PURGE ends ... you realize all of Chen’s self-induced emotional pain and unstinting soul-searching has been a mechanism to just, simply, feel secure."
- Pitchfork Review, Mar. 14, 2019. Web.
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"The album resembles a horror soundtrack in its ominous use of light and shade (...) lurching electronics thick with dread (...) cyclical, hymnal chant(s), at once hypnotic and sinister (... and) harsh percussive bursts, their suddenness and unpredictable rhythm mimicking the timing of jump scares.

Although Chen plays with well established horror tropes, her use of bizarre juxtapositions cultivates a more unexpected kind of terror. Opener "Drum Fife Bugle" begins with distant, rumbling bass and static-like electronics: a familiarly creepy atmosphere until the introduction of a melody played on flute. A recording of a body moving through water is used in "Watering", but perhaps more sinister is the clip used on the title track. The listener expects the prowling buzz of "Purge" to pounce, but instead it resolves strangely into a recording of a domestic scene, with a radio playing in the distance. The switch from horror to this ordinary setting conjures ideas of unexpected violence, or the threat of home invasion, more unsettling than genre thrills.

Chen's chameleon-like vocal performance is one of the album's major strengths, switching from tonal growls and hisses to assured jazz singing. Her voice is the emotional and expressive core of the album, assuming the roles of an omnipresent threat and its vulnerable victim with equal conviction. The aptly titled "Unleash" chronicles an unfurling wild state, as Chen's increasingly frantic, guttural screams multiply and intensify. On the title track, her screams are quietened to a barely legible, reverb- laden whisper. "Why" sees the voice that has been wrapped in distortion emerge clear, strong and measured. The title of PURGE is ultimately self-fulfilling: a violent, cathartic release fueled by emotional decadence."
- The Wire #422, April 2019. Print.
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“'PURGE' is the sound of industrial runoff, of sludgy instrumentation bubbling and swirling—sometimes literally, as in the case of the sickening splashes that fill “Watering.” Melodies creep through the ooze, but by and large, the record’s nine tracks consist mostly of bleak electronics. … The lead single, “Unleash,” is a ballad of static and screaming; Chen’s voice is distorted to hell. But there are other sides to the purge too, like “WHY,” ... (t)he instrumental is still harsh and droney, but Chen sings gently, cushioned by some ghostly reverb echoing out into the darkness. Her words can be hard to make out, but she sounds centered and self-possessed, a suggestion that there is peace to be found amid the pain. …
Harrowing as they can be, 'PURGE'’s compositional twists and turns are harsh enough to offer you the same thing that they offered Dis Fig herself—relief from the bad shit you’re holding inside. Listen … and let go. It’ll help.”
- Noisey, Feb. 25, 2019. Web.
noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/a3b4we/dis-fig-purge-why-stream-interview
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"'PURGE' is predominantly a kinetic album, but “WHY” is almost a prayer. Chen’s lyrics are a dialog – “What did you think of? I don’t know in time,” she incants at the song’s outset before continuing the conversation. The back and forth and the repetition allows for the “you” of the song to take on nebulosity..."
- Ears To Feed, Feb. 26, 2019. Web.
www.earstofeed.com/dis-figs-dynamic-evocative-voice-is-the-star-on-why/
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'PURGE' is the debut album by Dis Fig. While the New Jersey born, Berlin-based artist is best known for her relentless and downright brutal DJ sets, this work comes in at a much different trajectory – an exploration of her own vulnerability through varying degrees of noise, vocal migrations, and orchestral composition.

“'PURGE' is about confronting the feelings which you have been avoiding. Consciously or subconsciously. Feelings you want to be feeling or “should” be feeling but you can’t because your body won’t let you. Because maybe it knows it’s not safe for you. 

It’s when you reach that moment which makes your brow furrow because your chest is getting hot and something is about to erupt. When the feeling starts crawling up your neck, choking you, and you could try to make it stop but maybe it’s better for you if you don’t. When what comes out is painful - it’s tragic, it’s crippling. But with it comes a sliver of beauty. It’s burning and it’s stunning.

When it’s over, you may learn by staring at the embers.”

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released March 15, 2019

Written/Produced: Felicia Chen || Arranged: Felicia Chen & Geng || Co-Production ("Purge" interlude & "I Am The Tree"): Geng || Mixed (tracks #1-8): Joni Juden || Mixed ("I Am The Tree"): Geng || Mastered: Joni Juden || Flute ("Drum Fife Bugle" & "I Am The Tree"): Adam Sinclaire || Trumpet ("Drum Fife Bugle" & "Alive"): Sasha Perera || Trombone ("Drum Fife Bugle" & "Alive"): Thomas Romana

Photography: Alice Z Jones || Artwork & Cassette Design: Jeremiah Carter

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