Friday, April 17, 2015
Cassette Review: EUROMAST "INDETERMINACY, MUSIC WITH THE HELP OF CHANCE" (Hylé Tapes)
[€6 // Edition of 50 // https://hyletapes.bandcamp.com/album/indeterminacy-music-with-the-help-of-chance]
While it is often hard for me to categorize electronic music, it might be easy enough just to simply tell you that EUROMAST has those kinds of electronic tones that if you've ever listened to anything on cassette in the 1980's or early 1990's that could be considered electronic then you will most likely enjoy this one as well. It has that feel to it, which is just absolutely perfect for cassettes.
It begins with the sounds of space synth and then comes somewhere between the theme to "Doogie Howser" and "Miami Vice". There are synth beats with lasers and by the time we reach the end of Side A it does slow down a bit. You know, it's funny though because for all of my listening to electronic music and putting it in a similar category as EUROMAST you think I'd have more of a comparison point here. I have cassettes that I've thought this way about before, but still don't feel they're directly related to EUROMAST.
On the flip side, we begin with these ominous tones that are obviously forshadowing to something. There is more of a traditional bass guitar line here and then it goes into some of my other favorite soundtrack references in "Beverly Hills Cop", "Another 48 Hours" and, yes, even "Police Academy". The fact that I can't pin these down to one of them or a specific artist just goes to show you how excellent this music truly is.
In fact, I believe this is only a sign that this music would have to have been some sort of lost soundtrack from let's say 1987, about a movie that no one ever heard of before. The movie is called "Space Cop Boy" and it stars a kid who somehow becomes a police officer at a time when most crime is fought in space. It's totally "Little Big League"/"Rookie of the Year" mixed with "Cop and a Half" only set in the future and outerspace. If that isn't something you'd watch then I don't think we can be friends.