Lockbox: Free VDV Prayer tape (Hausu Mountain, 2018)

May 5, 2018 at 7:06 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Lockbox: Free VDV Prayer tape

Many years ago, I reviewed one of Lockbox’s early tapes for Foxy Digitalis, recorded when he was about 17, and I liked it, but it definitely reminded me of some of the embarrassing tapes I recorded around that age. Unlike myself, this guy never stopped making music, and his work has only gotten better. Free DVD Prayer is his third Hausu Mountain tape, and easily his magnum opus so far. His youthful exuberance is still intact, but his beats are sharper, and he’s only gotten more adept at switching genres, from twitchy techno to micro-managed breakbeat collages to gonked-out psychedelic hip-hop. Some tracks custom fit hours of sound into a few minutes, without sounding too chaotic or overstuffed. Then there’s the epic “headcasegarbage”, a smooth but intensely glitchy 11 minute ride which couldn’t possibly be summed up or shortened. None of this album really sounds unhappy, but there’s a few spikes of extremely concentrated sugar which stick out. And then there’s mellower techno tracks like the last one on the tape. A truly remarkable sprawl.

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