Patrick Emm – Trash Playback Forms C24

21 March 2012 xdementia No Comment

Patrick Emm – Trash Playback Forms C24


Here’s another great release from Boston’s own Patrick Emm that focuses on slow droning and free improvisational music. Lonely soundscapes for a dusty day. This continues Emm’s growing body of impressive work.

Side A is split into two tracks the first being a bubbling lo-fi synth study reminding me a bit of Pauline Oliveros’s Beautiful Soop but much more ambient. The second track Current and Tide turns to more white-noise and cable-crackle oriented sounds with a mellow tone in the background and it provides a great contrast from what came before.

Side B is more into ambient territory once again splitting the side into two tracks. This time the tracks are less discernible, what I heard were slow droning tones and somber harmonies interweaving within each other. The perfect soundtrack for a rainy Sunday morning. One element that seems to stick out towards the end of Headed North are some wooden chime-like sounds that reverberate among the hallowed drones and mix in quite well. There are also some succinct field samples that add a lot of variety to the recording in Populace which seems a tongue-in-cheek title given the feeling of isolation that is felt from the track.

Once again Patrick Emm delivers his mournful and awkward sounds to a jaded audience, perhaps this will put you to sleep, or wake you up in a thoughtful and slightly uncomfortable way. A very contemplative release that I find to be meditative as well. I recommend that Trash Playback Forms be listened to while you are completely alone.

Composition: ★★★½☆
Sounds: ★★★½☆
Production Quality: ★★★½☆
Concept: ★★★★☆
Packaging: ★★★☆☆
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

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