Wednesday, May 28, 2014

CASSETTE REVIEW: air du son “ii” (Port Vanderlay)

            When this cassette begins, there is someone speaking in French, but I’m not really certain as to what is being said.   This leads into an organ type of sound, which begins this pattern that sounds to me like a slowed down version of the Hong Kong Phooey theme song.  I’m not sure if it’s intentional, but my mind is singing “Number one super guy” along with this part of the cassette.

            There are a lot of twists and turns for the weird on this cassette, as it goes from Side A to Side B almost seamlessly.   They sing without words, but for the most part this is instrumental.  There are distorted blips, 8bit ambience and along with the bells this can even begin to just sound like one big improvised riff.

            Percussion heavy beats also come into play, as lasers are being shot and something else sounds like popcorn popping.   Side B gives way to a little bit more of what I’d think of as being jungle beats, and then an audio clip comes on asking “Do you like water?”   Really, it’s irrelevant as to whether or not anyone actually likes water as it is one of our core staples for survival. 

            I wasn’t sure what to expect from this going in, but experimental is one of the best ways to describe it, if not the only means of keeping it brief, yet there is so much more to it than just that and it is just solid.  

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