Where Dustin Krcatovich’s last release as Skin Lies, the marvelous cassette Stimulus Regression, had an air of doom to it, Troubled For Life, his latest missive (at least the one track from it that we’ve been gifted), is far lighter in spirit…to a point. While this kicks off with some frosty synth lines glinting from the speakers, things slowly, methodically get a little warped and dark. By the end, you’re not sure what direction the song is going to turn, either skidding into some sonic murk or easing up on the throttle and coasting to a soft landing. Either way, I’m definitely ready to go along for the ride.
Scott Worley is no stranger to the site. His work with Jatun, and his live performances have always been welcome here. That same courtesy is now being extended to his latest endeavor under the name Adaptive Machines. My man has long been a circuit bender and a constructor of all manner of electronic noisemaking toys and gadgets. As he says in the notes for this new release:
“It takes me anywhere from a day to two weeks to finish a patch on the modular. At the moment of finishing the patch it’s pretty typical of me to hang out for many hours in a meditative trance, listening to the ebb & flow of interactive modules at play. It’s really nice to step back and admire all the work put into what essentially is a temporary piece of art.”
Now we are graced with the fruits of his decision to not just let these patches and sounds simply slip away into the ether. He has recorded—directly to cassette or reel-to-reel—three long spacious jams that wend and wind like a UFO on a drunken joyride through our atmosphere and trying to communicate with gentle messages or frantic pleas.
The latest release by post-everything trio U SCO was an exercise in spontaneity and directness. According to the notes accompanying this new cassette/digital album, it was recorded quickly over the course of four days and “all the ideas were felt and confirmed in the moment instead of being corrupted by overthinking.”
A dangerous road to travel for most any musician, but these confident and talented lads were very much up to the task. What came out of their fevered brains are six tracks of drone, noise, agit rock, proto-metal, and a little bit of jazz for good measure.
If these sounds are pleasing to your ears, visit Turn Turn Turn tonight where the trio will be celebrating the release of this new album alongside Norwegian visitors Bushman’s Revenge.