Lockbox - Neo Druid
* Cassette exclusive bonus track
Release Date August 30, 2019
Catalog Number PV-04
Format Cassette and Digital
New York-based producer, DJ, and visual artist Jesse Briata has been releasing nihilistic club artillery for over a decade as Lockbox. The manic, hyperkinetic electronic arrangements featured on his previous albums Prince Soul Grenade and Demonoid have been eroded, fragmented, and decontextualized into his latest darkly poetic sonic novel, Neo Druid. The album reflects a period of turmoil, trauma, and catharsis, during which Briata lived as a drifter across the Midwest.
Exploring the themes of digital isolation in the context of contemporary club music, Neo Druid is a deeply personal artistic statement. “This album came from stretches of time where I was literally just consumed by music. I wouldn’t eat or sleep properly. I would live in random peoples houses and bring an OS9 computer and all my hardware and just set up and work on the same track for a week,” he explains. “To go from that experience to a club type situation, which was my only lifeline to society, could sometimes be kind of jarring. I started reflecting moreso on the patina of the experience that people have in clubs, and tried to make something that functions as an impression of the entire continuum of dance music that still operates as functional pop."