Form a Log/Moth Cock: split LP (Hausu Mountain, 2016)

April 8, 2016 at 9:10 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Form a Log/Moth Cock: split LP

Form a Log/Moth Cock: split LP

This one’s trouble from the getgo. Form a Log are a weird group which includes Ren Schofield (Container), and they fuse beats with noise, but not in the same way Container does. This is way more playful, silly, and nonsensical. The beats often sound like flimsy toy instruments, and they often break into funny voices, dilapidated samples, acoustic guitars, and other songs entirely. Kind of reminds me of some of the early Tigerbeat6 stuff if it was created with junky electronics and tapes rather than laptops. Lots of squeaks and chatters and big booming bass. Moth Cock’s side is in a similar vein, but with more of a severely topsy-turvy hip-hop bent. Melted easy listening snippets bent into the most absurd breakbeats you can imagine, and then submerged in an overflowing bathtub by mutated horns. Loops never seem to be left alone for more than a few seconds, they’re always pitched up or down or sideways. At one point it sounds like Raymond Scott’s electronic inventions are screaming for dear life as they’re being held hostage by an evil group of wild drums. I feel like this one quite isn’t as intense as the Moth Cock tape I reviewed a few years ago, but it’s still relentlessly weird and amusing. Oh, and there’s cartoon sound effects piled up like used candy wrappers during “Paulus”. Too much.

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