It feels like nowadays an artist can slow down just about any vocal sample and something profound and unsettling – maybe even vaguely beautiful – will emerge. Memories of broken cassettes, determinedly listened to despite their near-death because that’s all you have. Music fallen just a little beneath the barrier of correct; sound as uncanny accident. This new Thomas William track employs distant repetitious samples that recall DJ Screw and his hordes of melancholic descendents, but it collapses everything even further. Like a stereo smashed relentlessly but still determined to play, elements like rhythm and melody blurring into abstract shapes with every bludgeon. I listened to it three times in a row.
Angie is probably best known for playing in Circle Pit, Ruined Fortune, Southern Comfort, Straight Arrows and, back in the day, Kiosk. She also writes for this website sometimes. She’s releasing her first solo record later this year in the form of Turning, through Rice is Nice and Easter Bilby.
‘Parallels’ kinda reminds me of the type of music you’d crack skulls to at your nearest roadside hellhole, and there’s a strong biker rock strain running throughout (though my dad’s a biker and he listens to Hendrix and System of a Down, so who knows). Listening to Turning for the first time, I was reminded how central Angie’s guitar playing always was to Circle Pit – those nimble yet loosely strung leads really help elucidate the melody inside the more bottom heavy surrounds. Overall impression though it that it makes me want to get in a car and drive somewhere. With this playing.
Strong, searching, sentimental techno from Sydney. Alba is actually the duo formerly known as Albatross, responsible for that Life Aquatic 7 inch from last year. This time they’re releasing through new Sydney-based label Plastic World, which has some ties to Future Classic, I believe. I say sentimental but that doesn’t mean Alba’s tunes are lacking in thrust, just that it’s not as determinedly greyscale and machine-like as some of the other techno going around this town at the moment. The 12 inch features two originals plus remixes by Jimmy Edgar and Rick Wade.
It comes as no surprise that Gardland, the Sydney techno duo we’ve covered extensively before, has chosen to record this debut LP in the desert. Gardland’s unchartable minimal techno focuses on blank space, like a planet left at its default setting, unthumbed and unmanipulated by god hands. On the evidence of ‘Syndrome Syndrome’ though, they’ve started to populate it. The track is unusually intemperate, haunted by a gathering storm that’s vaguely reminiscent of Hunter-Gatherer labelmate Gareth Psaltis.
This debut album, which is also called Syndrome Syndrome, releases October 29 through RVNG International. Pre-orders are open. We’re probably gonna have a bunch to say about it, be forewarned.
Something to look forward to: Lucy Cliche, aka Lucy Phelan, aka one half of Half High, Naked on the Vague and Knitted Abyss, is releasing her own record later this year. ‘New Directions’ is one of the most texturally luxurious songs I’ve heard since the last Angel Eyes LP: listen to those ever-so-slightly clipping chimes, and the way they sound stuck somewhere between new age and the minimal score to a 1980s made-for-TV drama. That’s exactly the best sound you can make with any instrument. There’s a bit of an early 4AD mood here as well but it’s goth sans frills and lace, and with a disorienting, hall-of-mirrors wrongness to it. This record is gonna be great, I can feel it.
The record is called Picture Yourself. It was recorded in Belgium and will be out later in 2013.