You could wonder how you are supposed to react to music as restless as Tickle Tickle and Cities Unfold, as it’s an ever moving myriad of attitudes and perspectives.
I got this release at a gig, after seeing the artist perform. Now listening to stuff you bought after a great gig can often be a real let down, not the fault of the artist, (in they’ve more than done their job in persuading me to buy their music), but live and recorded are such different beasts at times. Anyway this took some time as the hyper energetic glitchcore isn’t something you can readily sit down and listen to. It may sound great in the fug of Leiden’s SUB071 but well, it’s not the soundtrack for your pile of ironing I can tell you.
The opener, The Zeroes and Villains Suite, does initially sound like a number of electrical goods being tortured by the secret police. It settles down to become a high energy romp: charging around its allotted time like a foal in a field. And I warn you know: most (not all but a very high percentage) of the vocals are put through some kind of Vocoder, not sure what but it does add an unearthly element to the whole thing.
You could wonder how you are supposed to react to music as restless as Tickle Tickle and Cities Unfold, as it’s an ever moving myriad of attitudes and perspectives. There are tracks that come on like a spy thriller soundtracks and others that bludgeon the senses with their tin pot beats and über naïve melodies such as Love Spelled E-V-I-L or I, Diotic. Further disorientation stems from the realisation that the music is being whipped through the allotted time in the ether by a whole host of noises squiggles and blurts. There are moments of repose (such as Quiet Lights) or clear, recognisable harmony (The Purest Feeling) but they are few and far between.
It’s good, for sure, in fact very good: but not to be approached lightly.