About the cassette: ‘Foam’ is the name of Architeuthis Rex’s debut cassette release on MDTS ; true to it’s title there is a wealth of both soft & sharp sonic bath bubbles to get lost in for 20 minutes.
The first side is ‘Red Sun’ and begins with textured guitars and glitches, similar to Rounds era Four Tet. The track transitions into a noisier soundscape yet still retains an almost relaxed mood, before moving into an ambient drone forest where different colours of rain are falling. An indigenous sounding female voice and rapid stick rhythms enter the atmosphere, so now the sound has now sublty morphed into prime Robert Rich with a Fennesz noise filter.
The second side is ‘Foam and Souls/Grain of Sand’ ; which takes in discordant ambience, ritualistic yet industrial style drumming and psychedelic swirls. The sound of waves on the ocean alludes to the title but this is a beach that Steve Roach has washed up on and he’s been taking the Soma again. Single elongated guitar notes swoop around like demented seagulls and warped/WARPed strummed chords get tossed about the shore. The drumming natives have now gone, replaced by sparse electronic drums. New Age has moved forward, or rather back to when it was actually exciting and part of the new age of music.
On his first release for MDTS, Architeuthis Rex has displayed an idiosyncratic approach that combines many different facets into a heady brew that can strike out and sooth in equal measure.
His myspace page contains both ‘Psychedelic’ and ‘Healing/Easy Listening’ descriptive tags, listen to ‘Foam’ to hear what freaking out whilst chilling out can sound like…
-my dance the skull