Computer punks Evol have a new 12” and it’s called Flapper That. One 20 minute piece of music over two sides of vinyl. Side one messes with waveform (and your head) in an hypnotic way, gradually changing speed and pitch. Side two adds drone and rave to the mix. Evol’s music has been a great influence on the Diagonal label since its inception.
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- Flapper That by EVOL
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 29 July 2015
Drums? Who needs them. Just because it’s on Powell’s label doesn’t mean that it has to be banging, and Evol’s synth alchemy skills prove that you can drive people crazy with just a single oscillator flexing and wobbling away for minutes. It’s an obvious study in minimalism, the A side focusing only on changing pitch and timbre in a repetitive, gradually-changing way. The result is a sort of electronic didgeridoo bouncing off the floor like a rugby ball - you think it’s gonna settle into a loop, but it bounces off to its own tune. Over to the B and the synthesised ode to the aboriginal continues, this time slightly more regular and constant, showcasing some squeaky acidic high frequencies with that unchanging low drone anchoring you down. I’m all for minimalism and the algorithmic crowd, but for some reason a monophonic synth alone isn’t catching me - expand your mapping, yo. Maybe you’re different, you oddballs.
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