Artist Highlight – Lowgrade Signal
Ryan Frania | On 19, Jul 2013
Lowgrade Signal (Wyatt Turner), a native of Seattle, is new to the music scene, but certainly doesn’t lack depth. Currently, his state of a lack of love is driving the emotional content of his music; his ex-wife became engulfed in her own anger and depression and now he is simply enjoying what he can. The music he creates doesn’t prove significant skill, yet is all the while intriguing for its blatant honesty and heavy darkness.
With experience in design, he finds the arts as an effective means of expressing his deep creativity. “I grew up on albums like Skinny Puppy’s Rabies, Psalm 69′s Ministry and Nine Inch Nail’s Pretty Hate Machine. Many years of illustration and design were filled with industrial noise fueling ideas for comic books and a growing passion for automotive design,” Turner stated. His own depression and misery push his music forward. As his own world crumbles, he works at keeping it under control, using his own head as a place to explore.
His interest in the Industrial genre seems to come directly from his past design experience. As he says publicly on SoundCloud and Facebook, his music comes from experimentation and concepts about the mind. He is clearly motivated by emotion, which leads to some refreshingly honest music. An added benefit, he uses all his own talented photography with his music.
When I contacted him to learn more about his music, he gave me the following paragraph so moving that I think it’s vital that it be presented in full; it is poetic yet honest and brutal.
“The depth of my music can sometimes be like a moment when a terrible moment is about to happen to a person. Take a journey into a such moment. You stand their wondering if something is wrong with you and you look around and tell yourself inside your head that it will pass. The feeling now hits your senses and you ask yourself is this the moment? Should I stay here, will I be fine, or should I run in fear and thought of making it worse than it could be. Then the moment hits you. It will happen. Its time to haul your ass to the porcelain god. That rush and feeling those wet lips and the torrent of pain thrusts its way up your neck, the bitter taste the cold sweat, you shiver and smell the nasty aftermath that fills the bowl before you. Your eyes blink and feel blood shot. the longest moment nothing happens you lie there awake but calm and happy that is over.”
“Singular Thought Penetration” begins with a heavy grumble filled with much more pain than I could have ever imagined be filled into something which is technically so simple and minimalistic. Just the first three notes encompass a whole mass of thought and emotional depth. The tension he creates with something that is barely more than noise would be unbearable to someone with a delicate heart. “Singular Thought Penetration” continues to deeply perturb the listener’s mind with dark simplicity. There is very little substance to the music, but the darkness more than makes up for what it lacks in the normal sense of musicality.
The effectiveness of how he expresses his emotions is why he really deserves some recognition in the music world. It reminds me of a lyric from James Blake, which says, “I don’t want to be a star, but a stone on the shore, a door frame in a war.” I don’t think Wyatt Turner has any intention of using his music to build fame or the glory of being an artist with a world-renowned career; I think he is simply writing music for the core purpose of music. He is using sound as an expression rather than as a tool to build fame. For the innocence of his intentions and for the quality and emotional depth of his work, I give him much respect and encourage you to listen to what he has to say.