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Album Review: Debit “Animus”

To Carl Jung the “animus” is an archetype of the masculine that is contained within the feminine, and performs subconsciously. When it supposedly happens it’s as if a woman becomes possessed by an archetype of masculinity characterized by a surge of stubborn & fierce energy.

Mexican producer Delia Beatriz, now based in New York City,  goes by the moniker “Debit,” which is a melange of her two names Delia and Beatriz. In an interview with Fact Magazine, Debit describes dealing with the animus as a “struggle of finding and placating this energy within yourself, as a process of empowerment.” She goes on to say  “the music is my own exploration of what inside me can travel between worlds.”

Self-discovery is an erratic process, combining two worlds. Debit’s debut album Animus finds a way to confront this process, to mesh the fragility with ferocity. On the record there isn’t one distinct sound that Debit adheres to, her music is a mixture of dark ambient, noise, and dance. At first it may seem like the album is not cohesive enough, like the sequence of it doesn’t work but that’s because Debit is following the sequence of instinct.

So many of Debit’s tracks become moments of built-up energy. The first few tracks unravel slowly, ritualistic tribal drums and major sub bass are felt, then there is a moment of unexpected release with the proceeding songs like track “Audaciousness” which is a heavy drum and bass dance song.

Then comes my favorite track on the album “Matriz,” which features Mexican artist, Octavio Marquez who goes by the sobriquet, Wasted Fates. At first, the song toys with a classic reggaeton vibe— a “dembow riddim,” is distorted with synths and heavy bass, suddenly a cacophony of drums and techno synths ensue. This track is filled with the most chaos—refrain completely subsides and where Debit embraces the animus. Proceeding “Matriz” things shift completely—“Lamat” to “Epigone” weave together beautifully and the album shifts into ominous yet expansive ambience; subtle chimes and synths echo in the distance. Everything comes together in fragments and ends in a wave.

Animus is available now on NAAFI.

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