RIYL: 80s kitsch with your drone

Label: Mount Baker Records

Today, I bring you the first release ever from Vancouver, British Columbia label Mount Baker RecordsThe Trace of Princeton, at least for the first half, reminds me of the opening sequence of Todd Haynes’ [Safe]. [Safe] is anything but, but the music sounds like it’d accompany an eerie event in anything sci-fi with its saccharine, droning synthesizers. Backing all this is a bass hum that looms over, what Aidan Hanratty calls, a “frozen wasteland” like a UFO. Near the end of it, as it burns out the droning gets even higher in pitch and it just evaporates before you realize it. Side B, or “The Trace of Princeton II,” is like Side A in the sense that (this is yet another thing Hanratty points out) it seems to build anticipation for absolutely nothing at all – it’s the journey that matters. Side B reminds me of Basic Channel’s “Radiance III” or “Presence” in the way it just moseys along an abyss. Listen to The Trace of Princeton below via the Bandcamp player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

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Includes unlimited streaming of The Trace Of Princeton via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

Price $11.29

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