Tape £4.99 CDR-TP-33
Pheromoans dude & Please dude do solo things with synths, only 50 made!.
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- Split by DNBL / Apostille
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Here’s the other limited Clan Destine tape this week, and it’s the one where people from bands you like do their other thing you’re not so familiar with. I’m starting with the Apostille side, where Please man and Night School Records honcho Michael Kasparis plays around with lo-fi home recording, opening with a weird vocal drone passage before a passage of gritty, muscular, saturated techno drift with muffled vocal exclamations buzzing away in the foreground.
It’s like broken, warped bedroom krautrock drenched in fluttering decay, totally hypnotic and densely layered. Then there’s a spacious bit of minimal synthpop that sounds like if the guy from Spectral Park sang on the most recent O-Rod album where he dropped the guitars altogether in favour of Knife-style synths, but with a kind of stumbling spontaneity to it which I’m finding really appealing. It breaks down into looping repetitive Suicidey chaos at the end before a shuddering number which is like if Wet Hair tried to write something for a stage musical.
Turn it over and DNBL (Dan Bolger of The Pheromoans) opens amusingly with an epic synthpop take on Dannii Minogue’s ‘All I Wanna Do’ before his next track takes things down a notch with whispery Brian Ferry-esque vocals and an interesting pairing of round, boomy bass tones and thin, rinky-dink trebly melodies which works surprisingly well with the distant, breathy vocals, especially when a clanging ‘80s guitar glides in towards the end. It has the feeling of Washed Out crossed with early Human League, if you can imagine that. Over the course of his side he plays around with metronomic krauty synthpop moods with a clear appetite for bold, distinctive synth and guitar tones. Gotta say both this week’s Clan-D tapes are winners.
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