Since 2010, Adam Keith’s solo project Cube has been supplying a steady run of records and cassettes that capture songwriterlyfixations and frustrations in a dextrous style of wounded electronics. Though Cube has been the centrepiece of his activity for some years, he’s all the while remained active in collaborations, playing in bands such as SPF and Mansion to name just a few. Rounding off a decade of dialogues and agitations, Alter now presents Keith’s third LP under the moniker of Cube, ‘Drug of Choice’
Based in New York, though managing a functional transience that takes in California too, Keith’s latest iteration as Cube launches a panoramic set of sonic touchstones into a gristly and hypnotic orbit. Seismic drum machine parts partition an album that layers industrial-tipped takes on digi-dub with roaming guitar lines, piano vignettes, and breakbeat theatrics. For all the abrasiveness and rhythmic allusions that Keith employs, his use of voices alongside lush manipulations of errant samples and atmospheres tempers the commotion, delivering something that feels as much focused on artful constructions of private experiences as it does the cathartic qualities of noise.