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Husks AKA Connor Small recently dropped two tracks off his upcoming album “Design Me.” Connor grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia and is now located in Brooklyn, where he is seen as a brain-child of the city for his unique approach and multi-instrumentalist/production abilities.

Husks’ sound is largely inspired from the cinematics and scores of horror movies, creating an interestingly twisted but intimate dark-ambient sound. “Design Me” consists of keyboard, synthesizers, alongside guitar, bass, percussion, and drum programming. To me, it sounds like a more ambient Nine Inch Nails, with dark-pop sounds interwove. It has also been compared to Fever Ray, Arca, and Flume.

Husks – Design Me

My description of the album is that it is eerie, dark, and strangely comforting; a subtle but addicting sound that grew on me the more that I listened. I appreciate the oddly euphoric, yet creepy subtlety of his music, and I look forward to hearing more from Tusks in the future. The artist quote that I left below perfectly explains Husks’ state of mind in creating this album and how he grew from the experience. Check it out at the bottom!

Husks – Corrode

“After the breakup of my band, Youth Culture, and the ending of a turbulent relationship, I decided to take a break from music. I couldn’t even pick up an instrument for months. I went down a really deep hole of binge-watching horror movies on Netflix and feeling sorry for myself. What brought me out of it was listening to the scores from those films.

I realized that they affected me so much because those tones and atmospheres really hit to the core of what I was feeling in a visceral, physical way. I was scared, lonely, sad – and all of these sounds made me feel less so. So I began to seek out music that incorporated the “horror” aspect of music. I couldn’t find much that was in keeping with the modern, electronic/ambient sounds so I began making it for myself.

Eventually, this EP grew from that. It is the sound of me working through all of that loneliness and giving it a place to live. Hopefully, it gives other people going through the same emotions a place to channel that, and helps them get through their day and feel less alone.” – Husks

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