Koltay: untitled tape (Life Like, 2017)

December 25, 2017 at 5:00 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Koltay: untitled tape

Capturing brief excerpts of a Detroit-recorded drone piece called “Spring Patch”, this 20-minute cassette contains bright but somewhat alarmed glacial synths and ethereal vocals, with some stray conversation present in the mix. It’s hard to tell whether it happened during the actual performance or if it was overdubbed later; there’s something detached and vibrational about them. There’s no beginning or end to the music on each side, you just press play and you’re in the center of the performance, and then it cuts off at the end of the side. In fact, it ends just as it feels like it’s about to transition to a new phase. A brief but shimmering glimpse into what must have been a mesmerizing experience.

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