Prefuse 73 is an electronic act whose real name is Guillermo S. Herren. He’s been experimenting with music since 1997 under several different aliases. After taking a four-year break in order to spend time collaborating and touring, Herren is back with Forsyth Gardens. This is a work filled with complexity and depth, revealing a new dimension that has not yet been explored. The new dimension is the more dance and electronic-related genres of music that Prefuse 73 takes on here.
The listening experience that comes with Forsyth Gardens is difficult to describe. In his previous albums, the DJ provided tracks featuring both underground and mainstream rap artists. The music presented here is showcasing a new direction to this multi-genre artist. “Infrared Remix” is one of the few tracks on this that have vocals that are easily understood. This makes a statement about what Prefuse 73 is choosing to do music wise. He must be thinking that sometimes instrumental tracks or using vocals that are incoherent can be clever in terms of getting emotion across.
His music is very much influenced by the variety of places he’s lived in. The artist has called Barcelona, Florida, Atlanta, and New York home. Forsyth Gardens is also a place in Georgia, which seems to be much more than just a simple coincidence. “Sará Teflón” is a song that really shows how Prefuse 73’s environment and the season might make a difference in his music. Meaning, this particular sound seems to be inspired by hot summer nights in Georgia. However, the summer vibe can potentially inspire nostalgic summer feelings for all listeners.
“You Are Now Poison” and “Still Pretending” both have a certain dark and edgy vibe to them. These two tracks stand out due to the fact that the emotions and music itself seem to build up in such a naturally memorable way. Many of the songs on Forsyth Gardens have dynamics that seem to work in sync with the other.
This Prefuse 73 album certainly represents a unique side to the style of music that he is capable of. This is a fun and easygoing release that shows this DJ digging deeper into his art and further exploring what music he wants to make. Audiences will love the feelings that listening to this electronic experimental album will bring them.