For those of you who like an element of lucky dip to your record buying, look no further. We are told this is called Acid Bowie, but we have very little information about this enigmatic 8-track white label release. The artist remains a mystery but there are also claims that this is an unheard Ziggy Stardust album recorded following a trip to space, whatever that means! Take from that what you will, but I imagine the words ‘acid’ and ‘trip’ are worth noting.
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How to release a record in today's fast-paced faddish society is something we and a lot of the people we deal with struggle with to the point of hair being tien out of heads. One way is to go down the 'mystery artist' route. It *could* be Aphex Twin.....or perhaps it's Four Tet or it could just be a random chancer in their bedroom. This is the route Acid Bowie has gone down and with some success too. People are wondering what/who this is and actually the music ain't bad at all.
The first thing I noticed on the dreamily paced opener is a snippet of what I'm taking to be Green Gartside's voice slotting in every few seconds. It certainly sounds like him anyway, hearing it piqued my interest though and made me decide that this wasn't at all the third rate Aphex rip off that I was expecting. It's an usual but very effective series of quite organic sounding electronic tracks that are sort of genre-less I suppose. It's certainly not acid nor is it David Bowie. The best track is the second track (sorry no titles) a lovely bit of dream-tronica with nods towards something like Lemon Jelly I suppose but much more murky.
I think there's lots of sampling of guitar music going on here. Overleaf there's a split second sample of a plangent guitar which works nicely to create a loop of loveliness for dubby effects to float over. This is definitely loop based music with a touch of the Dilla cut and paste job. Half way through side B there's another standout piece of slo mo dub with some lovely atmospherics. Sounds kinda like similar stuff on the last two Bracken albums and the closer is like the gorgeous floating electronics found on albums like Arovane's 'Tides'.
So the strange thing about Acid Bowie is that the novelty approach to the marketing of it isn't reflected in the music which is all rather hard to categorise. Quite lovely at times - is 'excellent electronica' a good enough reason to buy?
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