Source Cognitive Drive - Transmissions 1996-1998 by Paper Eyes

Sharp, lo-fi synth experiments from Gavin Russom, released under the name of Paper Eyes. Russom has made instruments for LCD Soundsystem and Black Dice, so he knows his way around a circuit board: the recordings on Source Cognitive Drive - Transmissions 1996-1998 were made when he’d just moved to New York, using whatever he had to hand. Double LP on Ecstatic.

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Source Cognitive Drive - Transmissions 1996-1998 by Paper Eyes
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8/10 Laurie 12 May 2016

So here is techno man Gavin Russom in his element, pulling taut raw noises from circuitry that pull heavily from his mid-to-late 90s New York City surroundings. Processed skeletons of field recordings from the streets below skulk in the corners, while thick synth oscillators occupy the foreground, banging out breakbeats rhythms between fragments of noise. Particularly during the earlier moments of the record, the rhythms get pushed to the limit of perception, sometimes struggling to emerge from the static tone that created them, leaving you with a chunky ‘eruugggggghhh’ in your ears. This must be the build before the drop.

It’s a very compelling and varied listen, I mean, it’s all pretty twisted but runs from a looping sample drone to sort-of-techno (‘The Ship is Landing’) to wispy soundscapes and heavy synth noise (‘Aerial Tones’ and, well, a lot of it). A very intriguing look into the wild formative years of the Russom.

Oh, and Bambi’s on the back cover.


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