The shorthand is that The Tenses is made up of longtime members of the long-running art music project Smegma. Of course that only scratches the surface of what this other project is all about. Smegma at least tries to force their work into a structure vaguely similar to the rock world. The Tenses know no boundaries. Their collages of processed samples and slippery tape hiss float entirely free of restriction. If there’s any signifiers to grasp onto, it’s through dub-style production techniques, but ones that are intruded upon by barking overmodulation and flithy sound smears.