Music Montag: TUSK (Spandau Ballet and Enya covers)

by James Glazebrook

TUSK by Heinrich V. Schimmer

TUSK by Heinrich V. Schimmer

Bat. Shit. Crazy. (In the best possible way.) The biography on this singer/dancer/producer’s SoundCloud namechecks such fine acts as Grimes, Tears for Fears and Vangelis, but really nails it when it lands on Kate Bush, “from whom TUSK was first inspired to see music as a cycle of passionate reinvention”. And the disparate influences don’t stop there…

…there’s a cover of Spandau Ballet’s “Gold”, where synthwave meets SBTRKT meets autotune…

…and a histrionic, high energy workout of Enya’s “Orinoco Flow”…

True to his promise of “passionate reinvention”, the artist formerly known as Benjamin Teicher adopts a shape-shifting persona, at times rendolent of Alice Cooper, Bowie in his least earthly guises and, in the video below, Gary Numan:

A thousand thanks to Lily Mae Martin for turning me on to TUSK!

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