Having debuted on the Peak Oil label back in 2012, Personable is back after having released Umor Rex, Opal Tapes and Leaving. New Lines sees Personable push his twisted off-kilter approach to modular music further into the future with some hints of grime and techno across this killer four track LP.
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M. Geddes Gengras has been doing the modular thing for a while now, much longer than most who’ve heard that it’s the way to make music nowadays. Those folks aren’t wrong - this monolithic, repurposable machine can basically be the musical version of you that can change it’s shape to become any number of children that you may or may not have. Weird analogy, stay with me.
As a result, his music is far from the noodling that’s become associated with the machine, the opening track of this new release under his Personable moniker showing them geeks who’s boss. A bouncy flurry of melodic washes, tuned kick drums and intricate, unhinged percussion jumps into your head like a space-techno pogo. Some proper weird glitchy synth things enter late on when the track reaches full intensity, joined by many more clangs. This is followed by a miniature version of that, with some psychedelic-ish synth ripples leading to a familiar 4x4 kick pattern.
Over on the flip there’s another high-octane uptempo stomper, but this is more of a ‘standard’ noise techno thing compared to the very leftfield A1, building into a wind-tunnel ending. Basically this is great, if you’re into slightly leftfield, tastefully melodic synthy techno, then get it.
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