Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Kassette Kulture #15 - Infinity Window / Axolotl split c30 (sick head 2008)



Axolotl’s opener clocks in at just over 12 mins - a dry clipped beat fringed by a mildly distorted keyboard overlay, a few oscillating textures sprinkled in there, spreading their sci-fi fingers across the mix... Later, dirty fx-ed vocals hitch a ride – humming in raspy kazoo flange, like hairy butter, whilst everything else wobbles along slightly chaotically...further on, warped calypso-like shivers break through and slide along the droning keys, like an apocalyptic cloak throwing harmony to the dogs, chased into a synth flat line sunset... The second instalment from Axolotl is really short in comparison - all watery bubbles with submerged Gamelan struggling below the surface... Quickly this is pushed through some restrictive envelopes until your head is full of road chippings. A tactile pleasure...

The Infinity Window side brings to mind Popol Vuh or Tangerine Dream circa Zeit sans cello. Lovely keyboard drones, lush and expansive, a freckled smile of a tune breaking over it periodically like a scatter rash. Warm and meditative, this track unfolds leisurely... a warbling underlay transit spread, pulsing to a soft and inviting percussive edge, widening in aperture becoming richer more majestic / saturated as the track progresses. Their second track is wrought in a slightly darker hue, sounding like the drone of aircraft, with flecks of silver spiralling around its foundation... This is soon thrown over to pulsing ripples as the scenery distorts, bends, flexes, like deep bodied kelp on an electric tide. Finally compressed air scars, shoots its load across the undulating flesh as the silence becomes hungry once again.

... grab a copy from the ever-expanding Sick Head label or the Volcanic one...

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