I started a writing exercise lately, which is basically this: think of a person who inspires me in any way, then write whatever comes to mind. I prepared a few of these for future posts, but today it’s about Indre, who has a weird Lithuanian last name that I can’t spell correctly, so I am not going to try.
My friend Indre from Canada, that I had an email-based band with once called Ace Ventura Overdrive, and also tried to produce a pilot for a TV show with (OctagonTV ended up too weird to really be seen by anyone though), is a very talented artist. She draws, paints, writes, and even has a singing voice that will make you cry. Even when she makes up little songs out of thin air like “Socks really Suck” or “Get out of the strip club”, these little simple ditties run around my brain for many years. Unfortunately for the world, Indre isn’t very known beyond the confines of Toronto, but I am proud to know her and call her my friend. Often times I have had weird Skype convos with her about Martians, seafood, love, language and art. The video below is based on a conversation we had about behind-the-scenes documentaries ending up ridicilous and spoiling the magic of the finished movie:
I feel a special kinship to Indre, because we’re both pretty much loners. It’s rare that someone gets my weird jokes, but most of the time Indre does. I bet all of the readers of this post feels a kinship like this to at least one person in their lives, and in this digital age I think the internet really can bring us together instead of tear us apart, if we connect with the right people.
The photo for this post is based on another strange conversation, this time about body fluids. How human drool might actually be the same as extra-terrestrial semen, and maybe they don’t reproduce like we do through the genitals, but instead through the mouths, and vomit their young into the world. While we were talking about this she drew me circa 2016 drooling into green alien men’s mouths...yeah.
Figure from ground — figure from ground
Game of life label
Claude Alduos sent me some review material!!!!
Interestingly, all tracks on this release were recorded live. Whether that means with an audience, or live in the studio I am not aware, but it most definitely sounds live. Whatever that means. The opening riff to "April 1 no. 4" sounds like an effected guitar but could just as well be a synth. What instrument it is doesn't matter as much as what it sounds like. To me it sounds like a high-pitched upright bass, that insists on not playing the bass role in the song. Synths enter one by one to remind me it is probably a synthetic bass sound too, and continues to drone on until the end, adding layers and layers until it echoes out in what sounds almost like a human voice. i'd like to know what synths they used for this, it most definitely doesn't sound synthetic. "April 7 no. 1" and "April no. 4" are more ambient pieces with metallic springlike sounds and LFO's. It sounds much older than it is. I read on the Bandcamp page these are 2019 New Yorkers, but could just as easily be Berliners from 1978. It has a krautrock feel to me. Especially bringing Faust to mind. At first glance I think they achieved this by using old Moog synths and the like, but as they say most of it is in the fingers, and they might just as well be using analog ribbon synths from last year. The way it is balanced in the headphones is quite interesting. Just when I start to expect the next move, it changes and does something weird in the left earphone, which travels to the right. "January 20 no.2" starts off with what sounds like field recordings of industrial machines, but soon breaks up with sounds of raindrops. At least it sounds to me like raindrops onto a manhole. There's something very large about this piece. Large like a big city, not large like a symphony. The use of reverb and delay almost turning into feedback is very interesting, and just before it breaks into the noise territory it is interrupted by a bass frequency like a kick drum. The same goes for the last piece, "January 27 no.2" which sounds like a rainy day in the country, and I think this is a good piece to go out on. All in all this is a great ambient album you can listen to while having dinner, or while having illegal drugs. Which is a very rare quality in an album. I think only Vivaldi's Four Seasons has that same quality.
Hey Electronic cottageers!
It’s been a while since i posted, mostly because i had nothing new to bring to the table for a while. So now i got an idea. Send me your tapes, cd-r’s or digital release download codes, and i’ll review them!
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In the meantime heres a split between my good ole boy alter ego Wank Hilliams and Bacon Grease out of Orlando , FL, USA!