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- Periscope Blues by Ron Morelli
8/10 Ant Staff review, 11 April 2014
With eight tracks across 32 minutes I guess you could perhaps call this a mini LP or EP. Call me cynical but I’ll bet one or two of these tunes will appear in extended form on a separate 12” like the Silent Servant and previous Ron Morelli counterpart 12”s before it. Shit like that makes me feel labels are milking it a bit but having said that the Morelli 12” had some new tunes and is probably my favourite release from him so watch this space, I might end up eating those words.
‘Alone On The Beach (Beach Mix)’ opens the set conjuring images of a desolate windswept shoreline, the ghosts of jet-ski’s hovering past, silhouettes of kids dropping their ice cream in the sand happy days turned sour with the sound of an impending storm, the sun eclipsed as deck chairs cast long shadows. It sets the scene for the overall feel of the record; one of being lost. A sentiment furthered by ‘Periscope Blues’ with minimal drum pattern and sonar bleeps searching a black ocean. ‘Shredder’ comes on like John Carpenter with an extra dose of paranoia and dread. ‘Island Bore’ is stripped back erratic ticks and tension building pulses.
Underneath ‘Signal Jam’ has a similar submerged aquatic feel to ‘Periscope Blues’ with frustrated sounding metallic percussion failing to communicate its intended signal although that is of course Morelli’s intention. ‘Lone Navigator’ sounds like a fucked up Porter Ricks to begin with then goes all panic attack inducing. ‘Director Of (Acapella)’ sounds like early tape music vocal experiments somewhere between John Cage and some of Wolf Eyes / Aaron Dilloway’s tape/ vocal manipulations. ‘Slowly Losing Sight’ closes the set with glitchy machine static/ noise and a bubbling almost acidic mutating/ filtered synth that begs for drum accompaniment that never emerges. All pretty raw tracks, no fancy tricks, no messin’.
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