Not only did it break our website layout, TCF's new 12" vinyl will also break your mind while you try to break the code. Don't miss this opportunity to purchase your very own Norwegian puzzle of art. The record is not, as they say, a record. It is the key to the puzzle that is its ridiculous title.
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8/10 Jim Staff review, 21 November 2014
Norwegian conceptual artist and tea connoisseur, TCF (aka Lars Holdhus) has got many an electronica boffin scratching their head over the seemingly computer generated track titles for this EP on liberation technologies. Apparently the strings of letters and numbers are related to some encryption algorithms he uses to produce the music; although the music is a lot more human sounding to my ears than that would suggest. I suppose you could describe a lot of it as complex ambient electronica in that it sticks to many of the central tropes of the genre: mixing epic, mournful string swells with complex intricate detail to evoke a powerful feeling of transcendence. And there's no doubting that TCF does this extremely well, like on the penultimate track here with its gorgeous synthesized strings surging like biblical cloud formations over a brooding metallic maelstrom of modulated detritus.
TCF also injects a potent dose of hardcore into the mix on a couple of tracks here, like the third one with its dramatic staccato stabs and rushing synth runs morphing into full-on Steve Reichian hypnotics. The EP's longest track merges ambient aesthetics with this hardcore intensity, emerging as a celestial drone disrupted by ricocheting blasts of thunder that gets slowly enveloped by an all-consuming, monstrously hyperactive arpeggio- like being obliterated in a technological tsunami. Definitely one to check out then if you like your electronic music with a healthy dollop of mind-boggling complexity.
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