Caracoa: New Middle Passage CDr (Inam Records, 2017)February 18, 2017 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
This is the first release from Caracoa, and while not much info is provided, it’s on Inam Records, so it most certainly involves Ryan Huber. It continues with his recent style of droning loops and clicky techno beats, sometimes approximating a punchier yet lo-fi version of the early Kompakt sound. Tracks such as the title cut seem to have some sparks shooting out from their crunchy, stamping rhythms. The tracks don’t generally seem to progress too much, or too far. They establish a pattern, add minor variations, and abruptly end after a few minutes. “Purge the Common” is a little slower and heavier than the rest, and there’s a few lighter tracks like “The Devil Runs Toward” and “Usurious”. “Oars in the Water” seems to be a distant bongo loop, although it’s hard to tell if the beats are actually repeating themselves, maybe there’s minor edits/alterations or it’s not a loop at all, but actually being played live. Free download at Bandcamp.