[$5 // Edition of 25 // https://5cmrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/sature]
Anyone who is familiar with this website knows that Moulttrigger is one of the most well liked and respected artists here. To say that Moulttrigger has become essential to the point where I want to just listen to everything and anything I can with his name on it feels like an understatement. For "Sature" to come in the mail from 5cm Recordings just made my day. I knew this one was going to be something I had to listen to right away and I was quickly shifting around cassettes in my current rotation to make room for it in my every day line up.
Side A begins with what I can only describe as static tones and, yes, I know that the two are mutually exclusive and I've never really heard them combined in this manner before but that is just the limitless potential of Moulttrigger coming through right away. There are patterns next which remind me of a crawling electronic bug of some kind. I wouldn't have otherwise known this to make note of it, but there are some toys out there now called Hex Bugs and thanks to my son and McDonald's Happy Meal toys I think of that.
Static bursts emerge with sharp blips. This helps the transition into an 8bit portion which is accompanied by a drum march. It's not quite the sound of lightsabers and it's not fully the Return of the Jedi Atari game but somewhere in between the two. Mechanical 8bit loops take us through the rest of Side A and it somehow just reminds me of a pinball machine only not your standard one found in an arcade but rather some kind of virtual/electronic one.
On Side B we begin in a wavy wind tunnel. This goes on for some time before we encounter some deeper sounding 8bit tones. There are sonar blasts now and if not for the wind tunnel to start I'd feel like we had been underwater this whole time. Crackling sounds take us into what can only be described as people talking to each other through a drive-thru speaker. Transformers begin transforming, though I always want to call it "transformering" and we end with screechy mice.
Another way to think of the cassette title, "Sature", is to think of something as being filled to capacity, full. I like to make comparisons about how certain cassettes feel like snacks or meals in the sense that some of them- and not based on actual time- just feel like a lot to take in where as others simply feel lighter. Well, as the title suggests, yes, this is more of the feeling of having a lot to process after listening to it than other music.