Philadelphia duo Kenneth_lay and V. Hold a.k.a Metasplice bring an ominous selection of digital works with this self titled album. Giving deep meaning to the term spatial, this varied sonic collection brings to mind the eerie corridors of sci-fi video games. Out on 2LP vinyl from _bruxist. Limited to 300 copies.
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 19 August 2015
You know that artists go abstract when they release an octet of untitled tracks. Metasplice however are keeping it real, not resorting to an album named after punctuation and instead opting for a self-titled affair - this is who we are, this is our sound. But it sure is abstract, featuring varied digital jams that both glisten and haunt at once - this is the cursed crystal of electronic music.
Such things as rhythm and melody are only hinted at, with blips that circle semi-chaotically around noncommittal kick drums and faint hats in a cavernous space. Groaning synth basses morph into pattering shapes before briefly rising to feedbacking peaks, all in the space of 30 seconds. During 4th track ‘Untitled’ we are treated to bowl-like resonances which transition to a sudden standard beat, with an ominous low thing purring away in the background. Respite over, and by track 5 ‘Untitled’ we are in noisy cycle mode much like the early Dave Smolen / Hair_loss jams, the sound of equipment pushed to its electrical limits.
This LP is much more varied than I was expecting, featuring different levels of minimalism and true sonic mastery throughout. Borderline Crystalwave.
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