We all know that MALK is the guy who, in the future, you'll wish you'd got on board with. We gave his 2018 LP Death From A Love our Album of the Year and deservedly so. Music spouts out of him at a rate of knots it's hard to keep up with so it's pleasing to see some of it come out on this Lost Tribe Sound cassette. The disorientating chaos of Death From A Love is still there but this is more like early Beck and Sentridoh experiments in acoustic rattling yet with plenty of sonic scree placed on top.
Tape £13.49 LTS-042
Tape on Lost Tribe Sound. Limited edition of 100 copies, housed in a reverse printed 300gsm heavy card stock folded case. Mastered by James Plotkin. Artwork by Eric Lacombe.
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I was just listening to some boring UNKLE album or other when it hit me that it would be much more responsible of me to tell you about this ace new MALK tape on Lost Tribe Sound. You'll know MALK from last years superb Norman Records Album of the Year A Death to a Love and his remarkable hip-hop trio Mahatma X but here is something different from this musical magpie.
WMAIDIT comes across as the sort of inventive lo-fi tape that may have once come out on labels such as Shrimper. There's a kind of 90s bedroom feel to the recordings here which are based around acoustic plucks looped and treated in effects. I'm reminded of a quite obscure album to many but Khonnor's 2004 album 'Handwriting' had a similar feel of lo-fi guitars being dealt with inventively in the bedroom. If that comparison doesn't get you then think of Animal Collective's scratchy beginnings or even the taped anti folk of Lou Barlow's Sentridoh.
There are thousands of wonderful musical nuggets here. Early on both Stream and International Gravel are brilliant exercises in repetition, the former utterly magnificent in blending in of horn samples and other ephemera. One thing is certain, you have to get on board with MALK. I hope it's not overhyping him to say that he reminds me a lot of early Beck in that he has a distinct sound almost fully formed but one that seems to completely disregard genre. What we've heard from him before this would suggest an artist in thrall to hip hop and electronica. This is completely different but equally brilliant.
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