The Guiding Five: Selections by Jack Whitescarver of AMITURE

The New York creative uncovers the roots behind his blissfully luscious musical output.

Photograph by Liam Wrubel

A month ago today, Dots Per Inch Music gave way to AMITURE's debut outing, The Beach, a record that resembles the peaceful connotations associated with the album title. As tranquil as one knows beach walks to be, the record itself isn't fully at ease. The dazzling, synth-laden atmospheres present throughout are often met with trance inducing rhythms that make The Beach one maelstrom of emotions. AMITURE, which musically could very loosely be described as equal parts She Past Away and Severed Heads, manages to bridge elements across the spectrum with seamless cohesion. Track after track, The Beach immerses listeners into a cinematic experience of somber elegance, radiant energy, and reflection intertwined, all through a collision of club, dance, synth-pop, and more. In short, The Beach is one mature and conscious composition that proves its worth despite it being the only the first incarnation under AMITURE's belt.

We asked AMITURE mastermind and filmmaker Jack Whitescarver to list five key releases that have been instrumental in guiding the spirited approach to his craft:

Gesamtkunstwerk - Dopplereffect (1999)

Like so many before me, this was the first time I came into contact with Detroit Electro and Techno and realized it was something that I connected to in a deep way. I’m fascinated by the constant tension of joyful play and the overall dark atmosphere. Techno and electro in general usually embody that, but this is a masterclass.

Sonic Youth - Bad Moon Rising (1985)

For me, this is the Sonic Youth album I come back to over and over again and when I was first performing Amiture live, I would open the set with a cover of “Brave Men Run” because it was such a key song. I will never tire of the theatrically apocalyptic stories that are told on this record and the beautiful guitar textures - the cherry on top is Kim Gordon's static drawl.

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Cover photograph by James Welling

Yello - Stella (1985)