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  • Summary: The debut full-length solo release for Washington, DC's Ian Svenonius was produced and mixed by F Bermudez.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Nov 28, 2017
    This is Svenonius with just an electric guitar, a microphone, an analogue-sounding drum machine and a tape deck, creating the rawest and most stripped-back manifestation of his singular muse to date.
  2. Nov 13, 2017
    If Introduction to Escape-Ism lacks the punch of some of his band projects, this he is as purely himself as you could hope for, and hearing him work his songs over his own thrift store soundscapes is an engaging experience.
  3. Uncut
    Nov 13, 2017
    The tracks are so sparse and lo-fi as to fell half-finished, and Svenonius' smouldering delivery fails to catch fire. [Dec 2017, p.27]
  4. Mojo
    Nov 13, 2017
    Fringe entertainment, for sure, but top fun. [Dec 2017, p.87]
  5. Nov 13, 2017
    Rome Wasn’t Burnt in a Day, a stripped-down reworking of a recent Chain and the Gang song, is a call to arms that is, improbably, equal parts the Stooges’ I Wanna Be Your Dog and Mary Beard history lesson (too few songwriters today give the Ostrogoths their due), but there is precious little that sticks elsewhere.
  6. Magnet
    Dec 22, 2017
    The message may project the present-day feeling of hopelessness and conspiracy, but as the medium is soulless, effortless and tinkers along with less musical substance than when a bunch of 13-year-olds get together to form their first garage band, it's the listener who'll feel mocked, cheated and wanting to escape. [No. 149, p.55]