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- Pipes by Katie Gately
9/10 Brian Staff review, 09 May 2014
I've had this lying around my room for months now, burned into a hand-scrawled CDr which I put on one evening and went on a profoundly strange journey with. I realised this LA-based musician was onto something undeniably remarkable within a few minutes. That "something" is indeterminable, however. You can not put this music into a box. There's a whole slew of arrestingly creative femmes out there right now. People like Laurel Halo, Holly Herndon, Karen Gwyer and, most berserk of all, this crazy lady.
What does it sound like then? Ummmm? Like a totally fucking mad drug trip I suppose. At it's root is the kind of gibbering, lunatic experimental techno I really love but it also appears Katie has invited an entire stampeding zoo of sonic unhinged-ness into her already vast arena of delirium. If you imagined Warpaint and Grouper savagely compressed into one entity, abstractedly remixed by a drunken and fried Oneohtrix Point Never and then the whole thing handed over to insane jungle-floor dwelling Finn Tomutonttu, then subsequently vomited into the lap of Squarepusher and Bogdan Raczynski at their most gabba-like deranged? Maybe then you'd have some semblance of an inkling how intensely mad this tape really is.
None of the above references really do this woman's work justice apart from maybe Tomutonttu's work on Fonal in the technicolour sonic-yawn splatter-thon of it all. It's real next-level shit, quite disorientating but hyper-fun with so much invention in the mix. The way she manipulates and warps her vocals constantly is a startling joy to behold.
This is one thing...then you have the collage-tastic ADD madness, the spasticated, elastic urgency of her non-vocal music which when all is combined results in a stew so violently exhilarating and uncontainably wild I can do little else but chuckle in delight. Pure madness.
9/10 Dan John Customer review, 7th May 2014
You’ve read the blurb, seen the rave reviews, now please restore my faith in humanity and buy this tape. For music of this quality 200 copies should be gone in an instant, but we don’t live in a just world. Sure, you only get one track on the physical tape (repeated both sides), but you also get a 9-minute download track of equal quality and the fuzzy feeling inside of knowing you’re onto something special. The track is hard to describe, all manipulated vocals in an unknown or non-language ebbing and flowing. It’s avant-garde, but accessible. The best thing to do is to listen to the extract on this site rather than me try to describe it and make your way to the checkout.
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