FTS001 is the first in a series of split 12” on First Terrace. Here, the two sides come from different ends of the musical spectrum. Kerry Leimer takes his influences from artistic movements such as Dadaism and Surrealism and Krautrock, creating ambient and new age pieces from a punk perspective. Like A Villain is trained singer and composer Holland Andrews who creates widescreen soundscapes that can reach a glorious cacophony using her voice.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 08 November 2017
You’re probably gonna wanna spin one side of this and save the other for next time. First Terrace have been bravely devious in putting Kerry Leimer and Like a Villain together, the two carving out niches related but quite different.
If you know Kerry, you know him more commonly as just K., or sometimes in a more dance-oriented alias as the leader of Savant. The music he makes here is serene to the point of sinking out of existence. Violins subsumed in air give precedent to touching piano chords and flickers of sampled conversation that exist in the quiet corner of your ear. Listening to it gives wind to the ideas Gigi Masin was using on ‘Talk to the Sea’ and suggests where A Winged Victory for the Sullen may have absorbed some influence; it’s ambience that sounds like it’s calmly navigating a boatless ocean.
Like a Villain is composer and singer Holland Andrews, and she breaks the relative silence with extended vocal techniques that create a gorgeous, lamenting morgue drone. Loud and whining, her soundscape exists in stark contrast to Leimer’s, offering a chaotic and theatrical slice to ambience in which the presence of bodies and voices feels dominant over the world it resides in. Maximalist and overdriven, I’d rather listen to this side and then come down to the other. Either way, this is a clever little split.
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