Press release that mentions Trump alert! Irrational Overcast sees K. Leimer in a remarkably solemn mood, as he tried to unpack the wave of authoritarianism that has found its way into the US politics. The result is lo-fi and noisy, as though Leimer himself is struggling to keep him and his thoughts together. On First Terrace.
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I think we're going to reach a point where every single album is written with themes of late-capitalist greed, problems with particular government administrations, and impending ecological catastrophe in mind. K Leimer is the latest artist that sees those topics as a background and even catalyst in the making of his new album 'Irrational Overcast'. In keeping with the postmodern concerns, the album contains loops spiralling out of control and samples collapsing in on themselves in wholly monochrome arrangements. It's not that the record is monotone or moody or negative-feeling, it seems to be approaching an absence of emotion or feeling. 'Irrational Overcast' sounds grey. The pieces are beautiful but there's something almost soulless about them (not a criticism at all).
The influences on this album are worn very lightly. Leimer fuses minimal techno, glitch, ambient, and IDM into a potent brew that's his own. I love how this album never hits hard sonically, it's content to trip and skitter along at its own pace. You won't find deep bass or subby kick drums in this record. The percussion is restricted and is as dry as a cone (that's a new phrase I've been trying to populate). Hisses, whines, clicks, and squeals replace conventional song components like bass and drums. It's almost as if supplies of bass and drums have been exhausted and, much like the cabbages we'll be using as fuel in twenty years, this substitute acts only as a pale, sterile imitation.
Please don't be put off by my kvetching about the environment and politics (though I do own an iPhone like the rest of you), and don't let that obscure 'Irrational Overcast' which really is a great record. We may be doomed, but at least there's a decent soundtrack.
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