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- S/T by Keith Fullerton Whitman / Alien Radio
8/10 Brian Staff review, 30 June 2011
KFW. He the man. Always keeping things crispy and challenging on the fringes of electronic music! So here he teams up for an arresting split on Dekorder which effortlessly demonstrates his versatility and talent within the field of modular synthesis, on the famous Buchla machine dating from the early 60s. This side is another hard one to describe but it's not a drone record and because of the cranky unwieldy nature of his medium here, it's not really a synthesizer record either. His epic track on this outing sounds like Terry Riley trying to murder a ballroom full of demented electronic seagulls whilst inadvertently triggering off a full 24 track deep cacophony of minimalist swirling madness by stamping impatiently on his equipment in his panicked rage. It is truly one of the maddest, most challenging recordings I've heard this year but, weirdly, now I've removed it from the turntable I feel rather bereft!! The altogether less insane Alien Radio take the calmer route by basically producing some 70's style proto electro mood pieces draped in loose kosmische stylings and imbued with the bloopy, wonky heart of the Radiophonic Workshop. Brilliantly it refuses to fall into the well-worn field of Ghost Box-style whimsy and instead comes out sounding like a wide-eyed and playful archive set. There's some lovely sounds and cute dinky rhythms on this side but most of all there's tons of mystery and atmosphere in the warm analogue mix. A totally cool schizoid record from one of the best European labels of our times!
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