Do Pas O: Join the Fucking Drum Circle tape (Hausu Mountain, 2017)

September 24, 2017 at 6:01 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Do Pas O: Join the Fucking Drum Circle tape

Peter Negroponte of Guerilla Toss debuts his solo project with this tape of richly textured rhythmic workouts on Hausu Mountain. Drums are the center of this, and everything is locked into a steady rhythm (there’s no erratic left turns or impossible time signatures), but there’s so much more built on top of it. Stacks and stacks of lush keyboards, snaky guitars, jumping basslines, and much more. My favorite is the shoegaze trip “The Perfect Sandwich”, which seems like it’s fading away at one point before whizzing back. Some of the more exotic drum rhythms and synth layers sound like Muslimgauze, but a lot more cheerful and optimistic sounding. Also, for an album that includes a 10 minute track called “Drums Space”, this feels remarkably concise and focused. Final track “Hype Train to Hell” seems to aurally convey the all-inclusive message of the album’s title best. It has a really friendly aura and clapping rhythm, but it’s not all about drums. There’s harmony with guitars and bass and everything.

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