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Now I'm Shedding
Home Tapes Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
A dark 180 gram puddle of circular vinyl beautifully packaged in a limited Bird Machine print, wrapped in heavy PVC plastic, Now I'm Shedding is astonishing to look at, intriguing to hear. Like the creative gallery types at Home Tapes seem wont to do, Now I'm Shedding is a partnership between visual art and sonic landscape, a synthesis of the digital experimentalism encoded on the LP with the romantic analog dignity of the print work and the vinyl album. It is quixotic to be sure, appropriate for a funeral visitation as much as it is a wide-eyed morphine trip, an uncredited soundtrack to virtually every human emotion. You can cry over it, fuck to it, escape with it to a distant beach or an internal island. Murky, spiritual, complicated and direct, Now I'm Shedding elicits a landslide of adjectives.

According to what little information available on the project, Shedding is the alter ego of Louisville native Connor Bell, who also maintains form as part of the Temporary Residence outfit Parlour. The warm, sub-surface electro-glitchery of Now I'm Shedding is reported to be a transcription of a spontaneous affair recorded live from a singular performance. The composition is split into two sides for accommodation of the format and additionally broken down, in print, into tracks, but there is little disruption outside of the basic turn table operation. Digital globs float out of a dark haze, burbling with an analog warmth, piercing the surface of a listening plane and crackling into fuzz, hiss, drone and vibration. It is a surreal listen from beginning to end, the songs morphing in and out of themselves, each other. There are unique elements to each "song" but breaking Now I'm Shedding into tracks is futile- Shedding's output cannot be compartmentalized. Breakdowns and order are irrelevant, stacking and cutting has no value. The songs transcend space, invoking imagery of an underwater realm where drowning is a real possibility. Oxygen is sparse, light almost unable to penetrate the layers, but struggling for breath is ineffectual. The layers are formless, enveloping, unable to be dissected from any angle. There are subtle rhythmic patterns that vaguely outline Shedding's course, but beats are not crutches so much as accents, tiny hand holds on an otherwise smooth surface. The quilt of ambient sounds recall Nurse With Wound while many of the swirling dynamic elements and extended passages of drone fluctuations and the inclusions of snippets of barely-audible voices nod to classic Labradford moments ala 1994's Prazision.

Just for kicks, the track listing:

A1 - Sclass Baby Bird v.2
A2 - Rain Drops Revisited v.2
A3 - Farm And v.2
B1 - Strain, Sold v.2
B2 - Konnektapeas v.2

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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