SPRING SPROUTS – Ingrown Records compilation – 2012 – Bandcamp and cassette

Ingrown Records compilation, Bandcamp and limited edition cassette
Derek Poteat drops guitar science with the brief “Abbreviat,” fresh and experimental sounds from the start. Tearo is next, “Let’s Die A.I.,” drops a nice break, under heavenly synths, this could be John Foxx or Bill Nelson for all I know. Nice.
Tesla Recoils’s “The Penal Colony” is more toward the soundtrackish end, with layers of blustery synths flying all around the place. Tight! Treasure Hunt is next, “Dillard’s Shopping” is pure Magnetic Fields, or Ken Clinger, same thing, swirly synth pop. Lovely. Orphaned Holograms “Ascension Dimension Disintegration” is very much like modern Skinny Puppy, which means a nice beat out front, twiddly synth bits, echoey samples and the occasional machine noise. Break it down. I hadn’t planned on writing about every single piece on this compilation, but Wyss’s “A JPEG Jam” is so fucking cool, I had to mention it. What the hell, Peter Gabriel vibe or something, uplifting and then a dubstep breakdown? Outstanding. Bryce Eiman drops “The Corm Tunic,” reverbed synth swells for 2.5 minutes, can’t go wrong. Shit yeah. Caucasians’s “Pious Bias” literally sounds like a surveillance recording of some dudes playing keyboards in a room, maybe reversed & echoed backwards, it’s very cool. Dead Chimp “Twisted Fuck” is fun, bouncey, dancey, bassy and amusing, which is all I’m asking for. Come on. Fun and funny samples, I hope they’re supposed to be funny. JoieJoieJoie’s “Les Iguanes” features enervating wordplay and asian percussion & melodies & stuff, plus oh my god an actual TUNE and a SONG with LYRICS, oh my god. Devastatingly cool song, with so many good things about it, I can’t stand it. First Dog To Visit The Center Of The Earth gets the last spot with “Perdido,” which is 7 minutes of jammed synth weirdness. I enjoyed this whole thing, what an unexpected treat.
Ian C Stewart

THE ERNIE 4 – “One Baskervoid Frottage – 30 Minutes With The Ernie 4” – stream – 2012

One Baskervoid Frottage

“One Baskervoid Frottage: 30 Minutes With The Ernie 4” Bandcamp stream
Soulful echoes from distant times and spaces, layered and sliced like bisecting the universe itself. This piece is thirty minutes of continuous feelings, the inner tentacles of the mind feeding back on itself. Cross sections of fear enfolding themselves and each other. There are moments. Echoes that sound like trains colliding and collating? The synth? drones throughout and toward the end taunt you, teasing you with what could’ve been! This could’ve been a lost Cyberaktif b-side after all. But no, it couldn’t. It wasn’t, it didn’t. This overarching crescendo comes home, the end. What, do it again? Okay. Let’s go one more time.
Ian C Stewart

REVIEW: The Mighty Accelerator – “Soccer Mom” EP, 2011

The Mighty Accelerator - Soccer Mom EP

The Mighty Accelerator - Soccer Mom EP

Soccer Mom
EP, Download, 2011
Funtime hard-rockin’ rock band songs that are equal parts Midwestern punk and classic rock. Cowbell AND double-kick drumming in the same song. Kind of like a lighter Motorhead, something like that. “Shake It” opens with some heaviness, and the chorus reminds me of Tad. Stylistically it sounds like a mashup of Celtic Frost and Cinderella. This would make a nice 7″ vinyl single, I’m sure Andy would’ve done that back in the day. “Mustache Foam” has dynamics and riffs for a semi-epic vibe. The production is nice but not so overpowering that I feel the need to mosh here, or stagedive off of my desk. Clean and professional in a good way, and fun.
Ian C Stewart