Rian Treanor: Obstacle Scattering EP (Planet Mu, 2021)

July 7, 2021 at 6:53 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Rian Treanor: Obstacle Scattering EP

Rian Treanor continues piling up rhythms like Jenga pieces until they come close to toppling over but somehow don’t on his newest EP. “Obstacle 1” is a high-speed footwork rhythm that gets stuck in mid-air several times and manages to work itself out without breaking a sweat. “Obstacle 2” is far more destructive, and actually does end up sounding like someone poured kerosene all over Aphex Twin’s gear. “Obstacle 3” is much friendlier and shinier, and even with its slightly zipped-up pace and angular beat patterns, it’s still consistent enough to dance to. “Obstacle 4”, is gnomes attempting to topple a lamp post over with enlarged aluminum bats while shooting firecrackers, and it would be unnecessarily cruel to try and subject a packed club to it. I would be laughing my ass off, though.

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