Out: 13th December
We take a visit to Hungary in Central Europe via Glasgow where Bricolage operate their international label of profound obscurity. Yasda is here with a snappy EP which utilises his techniques to the fullest. Known for being a dab-hand with found sound and an electronic recording device, this record puts the collage of human creation together as one brave new EP. Fiddling with dials and flicking switches while merging loops and random snippets of the world requires talent beyond the normal in order to make something worthwhile. This aptly meets the mark.
The first track is called Clap Trap. It starts with a riff of plucked notes and odd sounds that form a tense yet disjointed rhythm. A wash of new phonics operate from within a curdling mass of sonic intention. Strangeness is on the menu, yet with delicate positioning and a beautiful ear for timing, the cacophony becomes melancholy and moving. Ambient sounds and strikes made on various instruments combine in a flurry of moderation and exploration.
Next, a thrust of sound sweeps in with vocal and tapping motifs completing the edges. Again., plucks and distorted versions of plain sight reality adapt and swirl in a mixing pot of divine mirrors of our condition. Jittering elements swing on the buttresses of clarity while ambiguous noises make themselves conspicuous with random insertions of dynamic. The title track ends abruptly, making way for something equally as fascinating.
Donkey Carnival is a fascinating image and it truly suits the art it's named after. Blubbing sounds and odd plastic trumpets play out a child's-play like parade along a small corridor, possibly by the stairs. Footsteps and automatic toys add their frolics in a mix of strange and piercing off-key craziness and clearly expertly designed sonic environments. This track is a little more insane than the first two. Yet, somehow it also has more structure and predictability.
Finally, a new style of delivery with spacious resonance builds a basic mix of plucks and various found sounds. A mean tendency to forget the aesthetic of music actually brings about a unique and exciting take on mixing sonically related outbursts. Whether it's in time or in key, something about the strange additions to the bar flow makes this a garment of wavelengths that folds up and hangs from the body in all the right ways. It just happens to be like nothing else seen before. Uncertain Commands ends this fresh and well-worth hearing EP.
You can visit Yasda on Soundcloud
Spektrum EP by Yasda is available from Bandcamp
Finally - A Very Happy New Year to all our readers from The Electro Review. Thanks for being with us through 2019, we all look forward to 2020!
Rowan Blair Colver for the Homunculus Media Group
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