Serious Time is Joane Skyler’s fourth release and the artist’s most confident yet. His low-key electronic music focuses on sound design and unusual compositions, and creates a sense of weightless abstraction tied down by drum machines and synth gurgles. This vinyl LP on Ceramics is one of the most distinctive visions we’re heard in awhile and is proper forward-thinking electronic music.
7/10 Laurie Staff review, 03 February 2016
For their label debut, Ceramics present to you the latest ‘novel’ by Joane Skyler, the latest in a fashion of male producers with female names to give the illusion of equality within the scene. Jason Kerley, as he is actually known as, happily pulls squeaks, plonks, blonks, and tonks from his synths and drum machines with a blatant disregard for listeners’ expectations or any form of regularity.
Serious Time covers dismantled electronic beat music, broken in crazy, kooky and sometimes plain hilarious ways. What’s even more weird is that each track on Bandcamp is taking half a minute to load, so I’m half in comfortable silence and half being bombarded by the synth breaker’s manual. The fragments occasionally coalesce unpredictably into a genuine beat, often quite trappy with a hint of grime and not many annoying repeated vocal stabs; these tunes are actually pretty good, steady and sparse with a nice low end and clean percs (see ‘Sleep Spell’ and ‘Stench’). Always with the weird synth sounds though, that flex around playfully with a mind totally of their own.
It all hinges on whether the madness is for you or not. I mean, even disregarding the purposeful false-starts of the first half of the record, tracks like ‘Quoit’ with its hyper-techno and spontaneous breaks have me shaking my head in both dismissal and disbelief. It reminds me of Chrononautz just with even less of a grounding in reality. So yes, aproach at your own risk.
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