exclusiveOr: Archaea (Carrier Records, 2013)July 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
Glitch-heavy noise which combines laptop processing with self-built analog modular synthesizer. Strikes a nice balance between Mego-style abrasive digital noise and old-school synthesizer artists like Morton Subotnick, and shows that there’s not much essentially difference between the two. Most importantly, these guys sound like they’re having fun, creating weird squishy buzzy noises and letting them play off each other. Hard to really pick favorite tracks, they’re all fun and crazy, but opener “Landing” seems to sum up the mission statement of the album in 4 minutes, and “World On A Wire” starts out kind of dark and doomy and goes completely haywire, scrambling and combusting and leaving harmful radioactive substances everywhere. Closer “Archaea” is almost minimal compared to the rest of the album, only lasting 3 minutes and focusing more on quieter tones in the beginning and soupier, liquid sounds before shorting out at the end.