new to stock as of
may 9th, 2011
|deception island (usa) #di38 cs|
alterity problem / outer space “split” c26 cassette
- alterity problem - a new problem
- alterity problem - heating problem
- alterity problem - the kid’s a heater
- outer space - aspartame
- outer space - usa endless
|may 2011 release ; here & below lie the 2011 spring deception island batch, a courtesy of chris “bee mask” madak’s (oddly absent from the batch himself, but given the bee mask campaign that’s slowly unfolding via john’s spectrum spools, we’ll give him a pass) good grace & stick-tuitive-nuss...|
these all come in the prescribed soft poly-boxes, with a double-sided pro-printed color insert (each with its own 3d polygonal rendering ; i haven’t cracked the code yet but the solution is imminent), a bit of reflective glitter-tape, and the cassette itself (clear shells, clear liners, just the map / survey / trail detail of the cover art) ...
... unlike the seemingly vast majority of active contemporary tape-scene participants, these di batches are at best semi-annual & should be treated with proper reverence ... as i’ve made my love for chris’ whole outlying aesthetic choice-set clear via prior batches i won’t do so again here ; just let it be of known record that, afa my personal taste(s) range i rate these as the proverbial cream of the crop ...
... anyways ; had the pleasure of catching john & alex on tour last year (in a basement in brigham circle no less) where i quickly fell in love with alex’ approach to jerry-rigged analogue percussion & zonked guitar filigree ... while the two went on to form a duo aggregate of the mushroom rocks, this is in fact a split release, covering a side each by either’s solo axes (although it’s alluded to that ap is in fact a duo) ...
i’m tempted to represent this carefully considered object by a long sound-clip of the alterity problem side, as, alone, its one of the better sides of any tape i’ve heard recently, with its a-periodic syn-drums & gnarly sawtooth aggregates remind me of the best traits of the post-ndw scene (der plan, specifically, albeit sans vocals) but then john’s side is just so perfect (plus let’s face it ; his is not exactly that of a stranger around here) & i’d be remiss not to woo prospective consumers with a good chunk of gnarly harmonizer interference heading into his trademark falling dodecaphonic / pentatonic sequencer baptisms as they’re the audio equivalent of a soft pretzel covered in a rare, possibly spanish, savory jelly ...
|deception island press release...|
di38: outer space / alterity problem split c26 (edition of 300).
two fantastic new outer space tracks in the moebius strip / infinite riff mode of the arbor lp, b/w some brilliant cracked / outsider electronics (occasionally evoking telecult powers with really outre syndrums -- dude is from montreal, after all!) from alex moskos of aids wolf / drainolith / thames.
|bonkers split concept: alterity problem, the montreal-based duo of lifer oddballs alex moskos (also of aids wolf, drainolith, thames, and the medicine rocks) and cryptic associate joel taylor turn in a suite of extra-damaged jams about kids, heaters, and problems, these titular concerns reflecting a certain noirish surrealism and a slightly outre pose — both very much present in the audible payload — that distinguish alterity problem from their most obvious contemporaries. sometimes it’s like a matra 12 heard through a wheelbarrow of pills and six miles of bulletproof glass; other times it’s like spinning d-beat recs under general anaesthesia. sometimes there are oddly, immensely satisfying syndrums in all the right/wrong places.|
the flip finds john elliott (of emeralds, mist, and many others) back on di with a fresh side of outer space tracks that work a polished, high-impact aesthetic angle very distinct from the decaying hyperabstraction of last year’s massive lightyear demonstrations while continuing to radiate the same throughgoing trippiness and post / antihuman drive. first, “aspartame” materializes from a glowing sandstorm of synth and vocals, coalescing into one of the most dazzling and aqueous examples of elliott’s signature endlessly unfurling klein bottle riffstyle to date. the ensuing nine minutes of this piece display a mastery of the “dusseldorf style” of building deceptively intricate, episodic tracks on metronomic backbones, as claustrophobia and a sense of awakening to the reality of being chased by something superfucked gradually dawns, only to give way to an epic sunrise over a desert of ash and bleached bones. the finale, “usa endless” (dark commentary?) has hung around long enough to see all inclination toward propulsion surgically removed. we’re floating six inches off the ground, in the driveway with the doors open, engine running, and wheels spinning endlessly, far too fucked to do anything other than sit back and watch the dash boil while sunlight falls like iridescent jelly on the seats. extra weird.
alterity problem is joel taylor and alex moskos.
recorded in montreal by alex moskos, january 2011.