Polytechnic Youth begins the new decade with another intriguing release, this time from mysterious Ontario-based solo project e+. Poison Control is released on 7” vinyl and includes six pieces of dark, improvisatory and resolutely lo-fi electronica, arriving in hand-assembled packaging that will thrill fans of DIY music.
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7" EP on Polytechnic Youth. Edition of 250 numbered copies in DIY handmade, stapled, flipover style sleeves.
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‘Poison Control’ in a word? Wobbly. I have never heard a release this wobbly. It’s like watching a plate of jelly being driven over cobblestones. And if you’ve ever had the chance to watch a plate of jelly being driven over cobblestones you’ll know that it’s a strangely hypnotic experience.
e+ is the latest artist to find a place in the Polytechnic Youth stable, and boy do they fit in. Many of you will be familiar with their sound, but for the uninitiated, they tend to favour unsettling sonic explorations made on vintage synths. And yep, ‘Poison Control’ ticks all those boxes. But it’s that wobbliness that keeps getting under my skin. Even at their crunchiest, vintage synths tend to scream efficiency and stability, but the ones that e+ is using seem to be on the verge of falling apart.
That’s not helped by the sound of tape hiss that runs through all the tracks and the slightly, shall we say, DIY sound quality. This all suits the music mind, especially as there is something holding the tracks together. It’s the drums, despite them sounding somewhat bashful about it. These very slight pops and clicks manage to provide the barest stability to the songs so that even the borderline drone piece ‘Watch Them Fall’ has a bit of drive to it.
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