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I’m pretty sure this is the first I’ve heard from Sim Hutchins since his 2015 album on No Pain In Pop. There’s been a tape and some stuff on his BandCamp, but this appears to be the first widely available physical release - he’s taking his time and it shows. So if you don’t have a spare grand to pick up the toiletries on his BandCamp ‘Produit de Essex pour l'homme et la femme. Édition d'une.’ you could do a lot worse than pick up his EP on Lee Gamble’s UIQ label.
It gets going with ‘Some Men (You) Just Want To Watch The World Burn’ which I suppose, at its core is kinda a dub techno tune - it certainly has that shimmering, silvery, mirror, reflective metallic surface, liquid metal glistening and reverberating into infinity quality - but the arrangement is way more dynamic than the linear/loop based structure associated with most of that stuff. But this isn’t an exercise in deconstruction either. It’s a wonderfully paced track where the sounds seem to break apart, shatter and dissolve as it slivers along in a broken but never glitchy groove. The overall feel both familiar and refreshing.
‘Nescience Is Not Ignorance’ is something like if a Basic Channel or echospace [detroit] record was completely vaporized and all the tiny fragments transmitted to the skies via radio waves, swirling and dancing in grainy clouds -- like the Mike TV scene from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There’s an overwhelming sense of sadness and frustration to this tune - a genuine sense of affecting sorrow and emotional weight.
On the flipside is the epic, almost fifteen minute ‘Some Men (Me) Just Want To Let The World Burn’. Stretching out the palette and structure of its counterpart on the first side into a delicious, hallucinatory, languorously paced tune. It’s like being in a dream, being guided through a hall of mirrors/maze where ghostly, flickering holograms appear and evaporate. I've been cranking this up a fair amount this week and been thoroughly enjoying it.
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