10” vinyl on Unthank. Since releasing an album on tape in early 2014 Leon Campbell’s immersive and exploratory electronica moniker Lnrdcroy has been brought under firecracker’s wing with a vinyl re release coming up, and this 3 track EP on sub label Unthank. Consisting of two downtempo tracks and a live recording of late night analogue rhythms.
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 11 November 2015
I think this 10” on Firecracker Recordings sister label Unthank was actually supposed to come out before Firecracker vinylized the ‘Much Less Normal’ tape that originally came out on 1080p. Don’t complain though cuz an actual human being at House of Traps has been lovingly screen-printing the sleeves in the meantime. So get off their case, alright?!?!?!
So here it is; a triplet of ambienty weepers, apparently culled from live shows in and around Vancouver. Things gets going with ‘Freedom For Antboy II’. If I don’t fall asleep on my keyboard attempting to write this, I’m most certainly in danger of firing a monsoon of tears all over it and potentially electrocuting myself - and I don’t think we’re insured for such a scenario, so I better put some cling-film over it, lest I compromise and use tin-foil and be frazzled into a block of carbon. Erm... back to the track... here the warmer moments of Aphex Twin’s classic ‘Selected Ambient Works II’ spring to mind. You know the flavour right? The one that makes you dissolve and all your component cells evaporate up to heaven.
‘Donny On The River’ is all stripped back soulful keys, a moment of quiet introspection where you reflect on all the naughty things you’ve done. It’s just under three minutes which is plenty of time for me because I’m a really good boy. You lot will have to have it on constant repeat. I know what depravity you, our loyal customers get up to- you naughty little monkey’s.
Now that you’ve cleansed your tortured souls, you are permitted to enjoy some beats in the form of ‘Terragem’. Am I going mental or is that seagull squawking in the background? Amazing isn’t it how you can make a seagull fly out of a little silver box. Paul Daniel’s ain't got doo doo on these electronic music producers. Anyway as the track progresses it has a lovely klonky FM synthesis type bassline, the whole thing at the intersection of techno and house bubbling along with wriggling acidity before a lush, melancholy layer of synth glides in to melt you into a pool of your own filth. Along comes your mum to scrape you into the bin.
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