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I'm used to hearing limited 12"s full of acidy fun from the likes of CN and DMX Krew from CPU, but I don't recall having seen a tape from them before. This artist is unfamiliar too - the press release tells me that Megatraveller is a Skegness-based Japanese person and that the recordings on this tape are "13 uneasy listening analogue experiments".
Opener 'The Troll From Ipanema' owes nothing to its near-namesake, instead presenting us with a disturbing concrete-ish landscape of fast-paced tape reels that flutter and crackle and distort in a mess of wriggles and crunches and laser-gun noises. After this endurance-testing opener, though, things do get more tuneful, with the laser guns carrying on over some atmospheric Carpentery plinking.
As the cassette progresses things seem to be split roughly evenly between the sometimes-confrontational BBC Radiophonic Workshop-esque analogue noise experiments and more melodic, loopy, wiggly analogue synth work. It's a weird combination, taking your brain out into really weird, uncomfortable places and then surprising you with a familiar sound or a welcomingly gloopy melody, kind of like when you go on holiday somewhere really exotic and bump into an old school friend.
It's a confusing listen, sometimes a little bit hard work, but intriguing and rewarding too.
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