Edges of pop
April 03, 2020

"Big, loud, art rock", "sublime distortion", "a tsunami" - critics really like new Yves Tumor album 'Heaven to a Tortured Mind'

Experimental electronic producer Yves Tumor turned, slightly, into "bold, loud art rock" on his newest album, but, Brooklyn Vegan argues, it stays "an experimental record even during its poppiest moments... it never relies on obvious, cheap tricks and it always earns the 'art' or 'avant-' prefix". The Quietus writes highly of it as well: "On 'Heaven To A Tortured Mind', Tumor harnesses his relentless curiosity to test the boundaries of rock and noise – and reinvents what we expect from both in the process". Stereogum hears "kaleidoscopic rock and soul anthems" on "his most approachable work by far, a move to the middle that never sounds like a compromise". Pitchfork tagged it Best new music, described it as "plush and magisterial kind of rock music". Exclaim says it is "the sound of all of pop history", Alexis Petridis likes the unpredictability of it, and The Skinny emphasizes the message "that there's always calmness to be found amid chaos".