Banana Pill/Morbid Rainbow/Ratkiller/Sky Sacrifice: split tape (Shack in the Barley Productions, 2015)December 20, 2015 at 8:24 pm | Posted in Reviews | 2 Comments
A double LP’s worth of sonic explorations from several parts scattered throughout Europe and the UK. Banana Pill’s “Sand” is a 22-minute trip through a haunted wind/mirror tunnel, with howling vocals crying out, but it’s impossible to tell exactly where they’re coming from. Morbid Rainbow’s side is straight out of ’80s cassette culture, with grainy tape loops of voices talking about panic attacks and more caustic sound patterns. It progressively gets more bad-trippy, ending up with caterwauling violin and mutated keyboard tones on the appropriately titled “Rotten Handwash”. Ratkiller’s set is a bit more blissful. It’s steamy and dripping, but for some reason it keeps rubbing the faucet. Eventually it ends up with a lopsided, oozing house track. Sky Sacrifice’s 20-minute collage “Slider Between Worlds” starts out with several heavy layers of guitar, then moves into candy-stripe synths which become reversed and get really flashy and hallucinogenic, and then it revisits more dark guitars and quizzical synth textures.