Transcranial Targets is the latest brain child of David Henson’s CHXFX project. Henson has covered a lot of sound design through his Ascoltare and Nochexxx projects, now landing somewhere between BBC Radiophonic Workshop and Oneohtrix Point Never ...Targets is today’s sonic landscape documented through mysterious analog scrapes, shuffles, bleeps and noise. Cover art and insert by Zeke Clough (Skull Disco). Highly limited.
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Well, our Ian called it so blame him if you must -- David Henson named his project CHXFX, thinking of a ridiculous moniker and removing all the vowels, you know, for ‘The Kids’. The kids with their computer games and their mobile phones and their “tx’s”. Although quite what they’d want with an album full of BBC Radiophonic Workshop mutations named ‘Transcranial Targets’ isn’t clear at this time.
It’s time-warpy, mind-warping stuff, that -- in collaboration with some crazy beautiful artwork (big up: Zeke Clough, once again) and the psychedelic orange splatter vinyl -- have made my eyes go all funny and put my brain in a slightly-stunned freak-zone. It’s a good job I’m sitting for this, well away from Phil’s eyes (he’s round the corner, trying not to use swear words in his emails). Anyhoo, the music is well synthy... and I just made the mistake of looking at the centre label as it spun for 10 seconds before returning my gaze back to the screen. Swirly... swimmy...
So, Dave and Zeke dreamt up a hothouse world where ‘half the population are arseholes and the rest of us become GM plants and animals specially self-adapted in the post-apocalypse greenhouse’, or something. And with these sultry bleeps, who am I to argue? I need a glass of water and a pillow. Oh, and Castles In Space have produced just the 300 of these babies so be quick.
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