As you can probably tell from the cover art, this is super kitschy. The material, as Not Not Fun describes it, is “utilizing a swap meet’s worth of crusty synths, sequencers, drum machines, and outmoded FX units, and adhering to a purist’s regimen of ‘all live + improvised.'” The nearly 10 minute synth drowning pool “Human Fly” immerses you in NES games and super campy eighties movies with its raw synth gurgling. It sounds like death manifested itself with the duo (one of which is in the extremely prolific three-piece Wolf Eyes) squeezing out every last bit of sound they can from their instruments. Beyond that, I’m not sure what else to say as¬†Not Not Fun¬†(as always) has done a fantastic job at giving the rundown on the contents of this record. Listen to “Human Fly” below via the Soundcloud player and see what you think of it. Cheers!
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Detroit deviants Moonpool & Dead Band hardwire their gutter disco waveforms with all the slime lab atmospherics and sci-fi circuitry scuzz that you might expect (and hope for) from a duo comprised of veteran garage-punk drummer Dave Shettler and Wolf Eye noise lifer Nate Young. Utilizing a swap meet‚Äôs worth of crusty synths, sequencers, drum machines, and outmoded FX units, and adhering to a purist‚Äôs regimen of ‚Äúall live + improvised, no overdubs,‚ÄĚ MP & DB‚Äôs rogue wizard approach to basement beat music has birthed some refreshingly unclassifiable tunnel-rat techno (see their self-titled 12‚ÄĚ on Agitated for proof), but Human Fly feels like their unambiguous highlight to date. Motoring on a busted industrial-funk rhythm, ‚ÄúHuman Fly‚ÄĚ grinds and grooves through a maze of modular synth sparks, acid ooze, and fried smoke before stopping suddenly to reveal a Cramps sample (hence the song title) sputtering tinnily under all the noise; then, with almost a comic sense of timing, they re-bury it in the pumping pulse of duct-taped electronics. The B Side pieces, ‚ÄúJagged Orbit‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúCyber Rebels,‚ÄĚ float and flow and ebb with a lighter touch, weird looped percussion, jazzy house leads, and synthesizer shrapnel echoing across the stereo field like soft comets, the beats finally fading away in soothing waves of deep space hiss. An unusual synthesis of vibes and ideas, and an ideal addition to the canon of inexplicable American EBM originators. Cut at Dubplates in Berlin. Artwork by prolific 80‚Äôs fantasy paperback illustrator Mark Salwowski. Edition of 470.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive