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  • outer space / alterity problem – untitled – deception island

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    Bonkers split concept: Alterity Problem, the Montreal-based duo of lifer oddballs Alex Moskos (also of AIDS Wolf, Drainolith, Thames, and The Medicine Rocks) and cryptic associate Joel Taylor turn in a suite of extra-damaged jams about kids, heaters, and problems, these titular concerns reflecting a certain noirish surrealism and a slightly outre pose—both very much present in the audible payload—that distinguish Alterity Problem from their most obvious contemporaries. Sometimes it’s like a Matra 12″ heard through a wheelbarrow of pills and six miles of bulletproof glass; other times it’s like spinning d-beat recs under general anaesthesia. Sometimes there are oddly, immensely satisfying syndrums in all the right/wrong places.
    The flip finds John Elliott (of Emeralds, Mist, and many others) back on DI with a fresh side of Outer Space tracks that work a polished, high-impact aesthetic angle very distinct from the decaying hyperabstraction of last year’s massive Lightyear Demonstrations while continuing to radiate the same throughgoing trippiness and post/antihuman drive. First, “Aspartame” materializes from a glowing sandstorm of synth and vocals, coalescing into one of the most dazzling and aqueous examples of Elliott’s signature endlessly unfurling klein bottle riffstyle to date. The ensuing nine minutes of this piece display a mastery of the “Dusseldorf style” of building deceptively intricate, episodic tracks on metronomic backbones, as claustrophobia and a sense of awakening to the reality of being chased by something superfucked gradually dawns, only to give way to an epic sunrise over a desert of ash and bleached bones. The finale, “USA Endless” (dark commentary?) has hung around long enough to see all inclination toward propulsion surgically removed. We’re floating six inches off the ground, in the driveway with the doors open, engine running, and wheels spinning endlessly, far too fucked to do anything other than sit back and watch the dash boil while sunlight falls like iridescent jelly on the seats. Extra weird


  • outer space – II – blast first petite

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    “II” is the logical progression. It is an effort based on group format, and is an evolution from the debut Outer Space album. The central core of Elliott and Veres worked to arrange, record, and mix for a new direction and a new sound; headed down a path of cracked concrete and dissolving memory from the aether. Many different textures and composing methods are applied here to make a more varied and spontaneous array of songs. Experiments ranging from looped, broken m-400, jagged rhythm beds, and modular synthesis. Severing the obsessions of death and anxiety, and creating a work based on “the current” and those involved in the process, “II” has a different feel with less claustrophobia and more breathable air. Imagine the sounds are a liquid, with different masses and changing color.

    “II” is first in a 12″ in a trilogy of sounds to be released in 2012. It’s considered to be the second full-length effort by the project. Reality comes first here with a narrative of events that are real and happening right now. Close attention to detail reveals more than what is seen at the surface. The information is presented clearly; it’s up to the listener to use the intelligence provided for full comprehensive understanding.


  • emeralds – just to feel anything – emego

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    Written, Recorded and Mixed in June 2012 at Tangerine Sound in Akron, Ohio.
    Recorded by Andrew Veres.
    Mixed by Andrew Veres and Emeralds.
    Mastered by James Plotkin.
    Vinyl cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, August 2012.

    Artwork and typography by Mark Fell.
    Front cover photograph by Mark McGuire.
    Back cover photograph by Steve Hauschildt.
    Layout assistance by Michael Pollard.

    Emeralds is Mark McGuire, Steve Hauschildt and John Elliott.

    Thanks to Russell Brill, Mark Fell, Peter Rehberg, Jamie Stillman and Ben Vehorn

    Special thanks to Andrew Veres

    Just to Feel Anything, the new album by Emeralds, surpasses all expectations, just as its predecessor, Does It Look Like I’m Here, did in 2010. This expertly recorded new album sees the band deliver plenty of their distinctive aesthetic for old fans to enjoy while offering a new range of fresh, exciting ideas for newcomers.

    ‘Before Your Eyes’ begins the record with a steady build-up, which bleeds into humid layers of synthesizer pads and warm guitar. The track sets the tone perfectly for ‘Adrenochrome’, a fast-paced excursion into new territory for the band. The calm after the storm appears in the form of ‘Through & Through’, with its contemplative strokes and heart-wrenching atmospherics. ‘Everything Is Inverted’ is an energetic rush of monolithic guitar leads, pulsing drum machine, and driving sequences.

    Still, it’s on the second half of Just to Feel Anything, a triptych of tracks, where Emeralds adroitly demonstrate why they are a cut above their contemporaries. ‘The Loser Keeps America Clean’ kicks off the b-side by diving into the deepest fathoms of their experimental oeuvre. As the final bursts of static dissipate we are led into the opening chords of the eponymous ‘Just to Feel Anything’ a new zenith in Emeralds’ repertoire. The album closer, ‘Search For Me in the Wasteland’ sees mounting layers of brightly strummed guitar chords blossom into a storm of color and expertly crafted textures– a truly majestic end to an immense album.

    With Just to Feel Anything, Emeralds shine a laser-sharp light into the future, while preserving their uniquely intelligent historical perspective. The long-awaited next chapter in the Emeralds discography is finally here, emerging as a sophisticated progression in both sound and structure.


  • mist – glowing net – amethyst sunset – lp

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    much welcome vinyl issue of the 2010 cassette release from john elliott (outer space, colored mushy, emeralds) and sam goldberg (radio people, docile dawn, pizza night) that sold out at the source and distros rather quickly. further exploring the zones on the previously released “mist” lp, the duo take it one step further with their electronics unleashing a record which sounds like it could be the soundtrack to an amazing 70’s / 80’s sci fi movie. the tracks have been remastered for vinyl by james plotkin. vinyl is in an edition of 750 copies. 500 copies on black vinyl and 250 rainbow splatter vinyl
    -amethyst