Tarzana is a fresh and unanticipated collaboration between Finland’s-finest Jan Anderzen and former Skaters dude Spencer Clark. Alien Wildlife Estate’s album and track titles ought to signpost the vibes going on here: super-synthetic weirdo textures that prove oddly compelling. Other-world soundscapes on Pacific City Sound Visions.
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LP on Pacific City Sound Visions aka Jan Anderzen (Kemialliset Ystavat) and Spencer Clark (The Skaters).
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Laurie isn’t here, so I’m just gonna come right out and say it: electronics are weird. Why are electronics so weird? Stuff twinkles and drones and whirrs, it goes, things happen. Tarzana have this whole thing going where they throw together a bunch of disparate textures -- squeaky, pastoral, dreamy -- and let them glide headfirst into one another (one of these dudes was in Skaters, after all). It comes out the other end kinda like Tsembla’s newest record interacting with one of Animal Collective’s -- like mud being flung as a mode of musical expression -- but there are rhythms amidst the madness.
Voices are separated from their original context, drone is fucked up by high-pitched samplings and ramshackle drums, but it still sounds, tautologically, listenable. Watery jams like “”Private Scarab Reserve Club” sound like accidental techno as found on the Folkore Tapes project, with different beats scoped way out in the backdrop while certain rhythms fall apart at the fore. It sounds rather Dolphins Into the Future, if that project lost all sense of chill, or a way less thoughtful Boards of Canada. Whatever it is, there’s creativity rolling through ‘Alien Wildlife Estate’. Probably too much. Please be less creative; your collage of sound humbles us.
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