Cranial Indiscretions

by Johan Ess

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Johan Ess: Y'all know me, still the same old queen but I been Loki hated on by most these crackers with no cheese, no skills and no G's no synths and no keys, no Moogs, no Oberheims, and no 303s mad at me cause I can finally afford to provide my MacBook Pro with VSTs Got a wig with a studio and it's all full of tracks to play with the volume on max Bangin hard in the dungeon in back of my place for sex scenes Did y'all think I'm a let my show cease? Girl, please You gamers rise up like gang weed. Who you think taught you to blow trees? Who you think brought you the oldies? Psychic TVs, Tiny Tims, and Current 93s The Legendary Pink D-O-T’s and the group that said “Hamburger Lady” Gave you a zip file of dope beats to bump when you cruise through in your hood and when your album stems wasn't soundin too good who's the trap that they told you to go see? Y'all better listen up closely all you crackas that said that I burned my laptop or Nophi flopped, y'all are the reason that Ess ain't been gettin no sleep so fuck y'all, all’a y'all if y'all don't like me, block me y’all are gonna keep fuckin around with me and make me emmanentize some Esshatology ʈ ʈ ʈ l l l ɽ ɽ ɽ: Nowadays everybody wanna talk like they got something to fess But nothing comes out when they move their lips Just a bunch of gibberish And motherfuckers act like they forgot about ESS Nowadays everybody wanna talk like they got something to fess But nothing comes out when they move their lips Just a bunch of gibberish And motherfuckers act like they forgot about ESS Johan Ess: If it was up to me you motherfuckers would stop spammin junk to me with your soundcloud link DM'd to me like you want a retweet When my last mixtape was out you wasn't bumpin me But now that I got some better company everybody wanna flock to me for some expertise but you won't get a hum from me ‘cause I'm from the streets of Portlando I trolled 'em all, all them little prankstaz who you think helped lol 'em all? Now you wanna run around talking bout memes like I ain't got none? What you think I shared 'em all? Cause I stay logged off? Now all I get is email all day saying Ess fell off What? ‘Cause I been in the lab with Ableton and iPad tryin' to get this damn banger off? I ain't havin' that, this is the millennium of mumble rap It ain't gonna be nothin' after that so give me one more gram of dabs and fuck tardcore you can have it back So where's all the mad ravers at? It's like a festie in this habitat But all you privileged brats know that I was writing tracks while you were cuddling a Eurorack ʈ ʈ ʈ l l l ɽ ɽ ɽ: Nowadays everybody wanna talk like they got something to fess But nothing comes out when they move their lips Just a bunch of gibberish And motherfuckers act like they forgot about ESS Nowadays everybody wanna talk like they got something to fess But nothing comes out when they move their lips Just a bunch of gibberish And motherfuckers act like they forgot about ESS
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Shout out to my homeboy E. Snowden What up Jules Assange? Perfect Forward, now Get your dongle out HACK THE PLANET BLOWIN UP HARDCORE GET WRECKED KICK EM IN THE NUTS I love to get me bitcoin on but I like to stay anon on the dark web all day long surfing using Tor til dawn I need a new phenomenon to keep the feds from catchin on me infosec be second to none but encryption can be undone secrecy is where it’s at and PFS can get you that no one need to have they chats scrutinized by bureaucrats data cloud under attack your private key is theirs to crack go full stealth mode don’t look back now VPN your data stack Perfect Forward Secrecy Run With Me Public Key Cryptography To Be Free Run With Me network relay modem website private circuit secret synapse Give me anonymity! they want you to lose when you play it’s a rich man’s bloody game assume the worst about the way your freedom is for sale today the state has won free market’s done cause now they’ve taken all the fun it’s zero-sum the Silk Road gone but free Dread Pirate Roberts mon with unbreachable security a better world’s a certainty give the people privacy so they can realize they dreams governments are never sane they persecute for their own gain fuck the system use your brain the power’s in your hands me mayne Perfect Forward Secrecy Run With Me Public Key Cryptography To Be Free Run With Me How bout dat Chelsea Manning? Solidarity for Reality Winner!
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Mind-Control Perception Management psychotronic penetration data process simulation undercover operation redirecting information wave hello to your behavior analyst undetectable sabotage works better than a fist eyes are open and observe all they can see just look at what they've done to you and me Perception Management I am the by-product of your toxic mind control I am just a product to be packaged, tagged and sold Subject me to your paralyzing sugar coated lies Revise my mental history to silence all my cries My freedom is nothing but a delusion My speech is the mouthpiece of confusion My expression is a form of pollution I'm a slave to the human institution Do you want it? Do you need it? Do you like my mnemonic device? Don't you want it? Don't you need it? Don't you love my mnemonic device? artificial without flesh surveillance in the geomesh brute-force encryption cyberhack consumer terrorist attack kiss your mind goodbye, it's time to go to sleep atone for your transgressions before you get too deep disrobe and kneel before them, you're naked and exposed the final chapter of your freedom has come to a close Perception Management I have been upgraded and I stay in the same mode I am automatic and now operate on code Command me to obliterate as though it were my Will Delete my sense of conscience and then send me out to kill My free will is nothing but an illusion My thoughts are somewhat prone to substitution My mind resists any kind of evolution I'm no longer the problem. I’m the solution. The end goal is mind-control The end goal is to kill your soul The end goal is mind-control The end goal is Perception Management!
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Micro Killer 04:36
I can't seem to face up to the facts I'm tense and nervous and I can't relax I can't sleep 'cause my hair’s on fire Don't touch me I'm a real live wire Micro Killer Qu'est-ce que c'est Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better Run run run run run run run away oh oh Micro Killer Qu'est-ce que c'est Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, away oh oh oh Aye Yi Yi Yi Yi Ooh! I start a conversation, I can't even finish it I’m talking a lot but I’m not saying anything When I have nothing to say, my lips ain’t sealed Say something once? Let’s say it again! Micro Killer Qu'est-ce que c'est Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better Run run run run run run run away oh oh oh Micro Killer Qu'est-ce que c'est Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, away oh oh oh oh! Aye Yi Yi Yi Yi Ooh! Ce que j'ai fais, ce soir la Ce qu'elle fait, ce soir la Realisant mon victoire Je me lance, vers la grandeur, OK Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah We are vain and we are blind I hate the news when they're not polite Micro Killer Qu'est-ce que c'est Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better Run run run run run run run away oh oh oh Micro Killer Qu'est-ce que c'est Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better Run, run, run, run, run, run, run, away oh oh oh Aye Yi Yi Yi Yi Ooh!
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about

Making a fresh appearance after years of radio silence, Johan Ess now presents an EP of four tracks built to last. This release was only possible for Johan Ess to complete after acquiring a new computer since their previous studio equipment had fallen apart several years hence from extensive obsolescence. There have also been countless setbacks for the artist in recent years, such as living in poverty in the Deep South, having their skull cracked open, being abducted by aliens, moving across the country thrice, and what have you. Their passion for quality dark electro-pop has not waned, however, and fans of the Johan Ess “sound” should be quite pleased with this new effort.

Some of these tracks have been in the works for quite a while. Perception Management, in particular, was culled from an early demo made in FL Studio back at the very beginning stages of their career and reworked over a span of nearly fifteen years to achieve the driving beats and foreboding message it bears today. Perfect Forward was recorded five years prior to this release when they had brief access to a studio filled to the brim with analog synths but have only recently been able to finish recording the vocals, with subject matter delving sarcastically into addressing privacy and security concerns in the digital age.

There are also tracks written entirely on their new setup to be found at the beginning and end of this EP. Those who enjoyed Johan’s cover album Shout Out should appreciate these two cover-esque parodies that were made as studio warm ups for more original future endeavors. Forgot About Ess is a vaguely recognizable nod to a well known hip hop artist’s comeback track from the early 2000’s that Johan has reshaped to reflect a similar point in their career, but with a bit more of “tongue biting cheek” sensibility. Micro Killer is an epic anthem many will recognize, albeit styled in a more danceable electronic form, with sardonic lyrics calling attention to those who commit atrocities in order to achieve lasting notoriety for their misdeeds.

Calling into question the nature of pop music and propaganda, mass culture and individual identity, the serious and the farcical, Cranial Indiscretions is designed to be a thought provoking communiqué on our current age of binary command signals that we seem to blindly follow, often to our own detriment. These curious concoctions also show a new level of achievement in production experimentation and attention to detail. Whether this release marks the beginning of a new era for Johan Ess is yet to be known, but it seems equally suited as an intriguing comeback or a final swan song for their catalogue.

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released December 21, 2018



Produced by Johan Ess

Backing vocals on Forgot About ESS by Keith Readdy and ʈ ʈ ʈ l l l ɽ ɽ ɽ.
Backing vocals on Perfect Forward by Kayla S.

Cover art by Taylor Shechet. twitter.com/_tlr_

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An experimental electronic musical performance artist based in the Pacific Northwest that creates music for life in late capitalism.

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