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Hey, you know what would be a good idea? Printing the speeds of records somewhere on the artwork so that hapless reviewers like me might not have to go into their 32nd review of the week not knowing whether they've got the speed right. The first song of this 12" sounds too slow and the second one sounds too fast. That is my first world problem for the day.   I'm assuming it plays at 33 beca ...

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Acid Beth by Quirke
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8/10 Mike Staff review, 16 May 2014
Hey, you know what would be a good idea? Printing the speeds of records somewhere on the artwork so that hapless reviewers like me might not have to go into their 32nd review of the week not knowing whether they've got the speed right. The first song of this 12" sounds too slow and the second one sounds too fast. That is my first world problem for the day.   I'm assuming it plays at 33 because otherwise the second track sounds ridiculous. If I'm wrong and either label or artist has a problem with that, try telling us what speed to play your record at next time. Anyway, with that out of the way, this EP starts out with slowed-down synth drones and vocal sighs on opener 'We Landed' before 'Break A Mirrored Leg' finally brings in the beats with a synth drone compressed weirdly against a hard kick beat so it wavers in and out. There's some cut up samples and weird industrial rhythmic details going on, it's kind of heavy but indistinct too, eventually it morphs into a slidey dronescape via some choppy vocal loops, before kicking into a chaotic mixture of everything that was going on in the first bit. Pretty intense. I'm gaining confidence that it is at the correct speed now.   Over on the other side 'Acid Beth' starts with some muddily distorted piano and grating industrial chitter. Bright, harsh static interference bursts through the calm, blurry ambience for half a second then vanishes, voices echo and loop in smeary yawns. What was that burst of static all about I'm wondering. Finally 'There's A Half Moon In Your Mouth' starts out with some fantasy synths and a little chopped up squeal. Has he sampled a pig? There are some ghostly voices in the background or are those synths too? More rhythmic details are added to go with the pig squeal, awkwardly phasing whip cracks and crunchy footsteps and bees. The synths just keep on dronin'. Eventually it's a hands-in-the-air party except when you look closer those aren't people partying, they're broken toys being manipulated by giant wasps.

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