Lo-fi experimental duo German Army head “back to Winnipeg” for this release on Manitoba’s Dub Ditch Picnic label. In Transit is something of a compilation, gathering up 27 tracks that were previously spread across an armful of small-run cassettes. Lots of approaches to sound here, usually with a woozy vibe.
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On the back cover I can count 27 tracks. German Army are a lo-fi experimental duo that don’t hang about, with tonnes of albums and tapes and whatnot under their belts. Of course it's easy to be prolific when certain tracks comprise of a repeated bass note and drum machine (‘Alms for Arms’) or industrial clatter ('Cancer’s Progress’) but this is a varied and studied set. Each track is it’s own entity with glitches out space stones, madcap percussion ticks and dislocated voices. There’s always something or other going backwards. Tracks often start off with a single entity with other things joining in from unexpected places. Although not tuneful as such, there’s the odd ear catching melody such as the distorted church bell on ‘Pivot’ or the dreamy Dilla feel of ‘Deep Wall’ this is a disconcerting record which will appeal to fans of home-made future-scapes that rarely pass the two minute mark.
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