This record showcases the embryonic works of what would become Metasplice. Before this was released in 2011, Dave Smolen and Hair_Loss had recorded separately but always toured together. Their joint tours under the Malleable Records name represented what was happening in the Philadelphia electronic scene of the late 2000s. The pair’s wide rhythmic palette is a theme of this record as it always has been with their work.
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 06 August 2015
For those Metasplice fans out there, this is a collection of the formative productions from both halves as they were joining forces for live shows. As they hadn’t made anything directly together at this point, the record is a split, beginning with the trashy varied rhythms of Dave Smolen, the sounds cheap and distorted but the arrangements constantly exciting. Stretched lazergun synths flex all over the speakers and half-melodies edge into view. From the beginning of Hair_Loss’ side you can tell that they were destined to make music together, similarly ghostly, shambolic machines try their best to make industrial techno but seem to fall to bits before they manage. Right at the end we hear the first recorded collab, a semi-rhythmic whirlwind of electronic miscellany not content to sit still for a second, speeding up sporadically for the final hurrah.
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