An intriguing side-project of post-rock gods Trans Am, Publicist is the more electro-skewed work of drummer Sebastian Thomas. Having done solo shows alongside Joakim, ESG and Lindstrom, this new release sees Thomas in rude health as he creates a cosmic-vocoder voyage in the form of "Hardwork", which comes with a stunning acid rerub from Walker & Royce. "I Won't" mines a more synth-funk sound, satisfyingly fusing '80s boogie with more Terje-styled production, while the "galactic classics" dub of the same song is a must have for fans of DFA.
Publicist is longtime producer/performer/musician Sebastian Thomson. His tracks approach house music from a darker angle, adding processed vocals and noise to a raw foundation that also takes cues from New Beat, acid house, and Detroit techno.
When performing live Publicist sequences the synths and not the drums, preferring to play an electronically treated drum kit in the middle of the dance floor. This adds an element of sweat, excitement and virtuosity not found in most electronic producer's live performances.
Sebastian Thomson is also known as a founding member of post rock pioneers Trans Am and as the drummer of heavy metal innovators Baroness.
Living in Brooklyn by way of Buenos Aires, Washington DC and London, Publicist has spent the last four years touring Europe extensively.