OBACCO has proven throughout the years to be an enigma choosing to shroud his personal life in mystery in order to keep a deeper level of focus on the music. That has all helped tremendously as there’s a lot to chew on from 2008’s debut Fucked Up Friends to 2010’s Maniac Meat, all leading up and spilling into TOBACCO’s Ghostly debut, Ultima II Massage.
Over the course of three LPs and a number of EPs, the Pennsylvania snake-synth-charmer has continuously depended his approach to aural depravity. Ultima II Massage brings the listener up to TOBACCO’s speed as he widens a jagged swath through his own weird catalog, each disparate track damaged to the point of
contributing to some sort of greater, lurching Frankenstein-like state.
There were notable breaks en route to TOBACCO in the present a commission to remix White Zombie’s Thunder Kiss 65, a new Black Moth Super Rainbow record entitled Cobra Juicy, and producing Demon Queen’s Exorcise Tape with vocalist Zackey Force Funk. All these experiences no doubt played a role in TOBACCO’s progression. You can hear disembodied bits of Boards of Canada, early Def Jam records, and Gary Numan, or maybe just public-access TV and bad VHS dubs of 80’s horror flicks. Or the sun exploding and everything you’ve ever loved melting away. At the end of the day, TOBACCO’s just trying to make meditation music.