Two sides of damaged future tech and cyborg noir from three of the East Coast underground’s best.
Jesse DeRosa (Shingles, Grasshopper), and Dave Doyen (Sound Out Light, Roped Off) follow up their 2015 Oxtail split with a rare appearance from their Atlantis Morrissey collaboration. Puns aside, these recordings are the some of the most distilled, powerful examples of each of their sonic signatures: Doyen paints a minimalist-kraut landscape while DeRosa hops in the single prop for a dizzying session of fluorescent neon EVI skywriting.
David Suss’ Millions project returns with his first new material since 2016’s massive “Circle” (on DeRosa’s Baked Tapes). This one’s a slow burn - all hissing machinery, disembodied echoes, and leaky faucets - a comedown after the A side’s pyrotechnics. Think of it as the sun coming up the morning after the cybernetic storm - the first day of a new normal, the uncanny feeling of learning to live side-by-side with the machines we’ve created (and their decisions).
This stuff doesn't fit my angry metal image, but I'm willing to let that slide, 'cause it's a really pleasant listen. Man, I sound like such a softie saying that. Let me add this to compensate: HAIL QUORTHON. (ok but for real, this album is pretty cool.) Synne