Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Love Handles "Handled" EP on West Palm Beotch Records

Nelson from West Palm Beotch Records filled me in on this six song EP from Love Handles which is a couple of members from Cop City who put out that Chill Pillars, LP on Florida's Dying a little while back (review here). It sounds to me like these two left Planet Chill for the 4-track buried synth sounds of Ariel or those alien early Blank Dogs singles.

Like A-Side's "Phoney Folk Singer" (see below), which is exactly what Mike Sniper's catchy pop  buried melodies were like. I'm still a fan of this sound, but instead of that unsettling dread, it's much sunnier, not lyrically with 'I wish the revolution never happened', but you want to hear it again because if they can capture this raw, messy no-fi sound live, keeping it as upbeat and happy? Then I'm in. This is the stand out track, A-Side for a reason, gutteral crunchy low end saw blade synth with distorted fun vocal."Tan Face" is a bouncier '50s sound thanks to that damaged phaser, thats plastered all over everything and can adopt to any rhythm in a matter of seconds, like this back and forth see saw chord. This duo has got that two person magic. Cold and minimal with a heavy dose of pop and organic instrumentation. Finally, "No Teeth" plods down the street with a little snare march...staccatto vocal, maybe a distant relative of Devo. Everything that was great about "Setting Fire to your House", but a later iteration. Maybe sunny? The beach? No that's lazy. But it's West Palm BEOTCH.

B-Side's "Feeling like a freak" has this great unabashed craziness, a high falsetto weirdo character with anti medlodies. Warbled phaser underwater, all in a post punk march rhythm, lockstep vocals...simple low end analog synth basslines. "Why is everybody always picking on me". In the opposite way that Blank Dogs was kind of macho and scary this is softer and friendly. I think this whole track, "Gold Chain" might be run through a broken phaser actually. "Someone to do the dishes" unintelligible lyrics. Love the actual drums with echo. Nothing People might share a bill with these guys, this softer pop take on all of that apocolyptic futuristic sound. "Meet Me in the Middle" could be The Fresh and Only's with a new pedal called 'the phaser'. Maybe you heard of it. '70s psych found a new pedal in the dumpster all of a sudden, history changer. The Art Museums unearthed demo tape. Here it is, poppy and buried, jumping around. Organ in this one, spazz fast drumming, back and forth harmony.

On massive thick lavender vinyl with printed insert, on West Palm Beotch...I'm into this fun, damaged sound, impossible to dance to but far from any kind of goth leaning. Where Cloud Nothings should have kept going.

Check out the first track below:

Also found out about this residency in Wisconsin, looks like they have a recording studio in a cabin in the woods, along with woodshops and silk screening studios. You got a free couple of weeks? Go apply for this residency and record a single! Seems kind of perfect.

CAPTCHA RECORDS/KALLISTEI EDITIONS, working alongside ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) are pleased to announce the establishment of scholarship program for developing Sound and Music artists. The “Golden Apple” award will provide full or partial support for musicians to attend the twelve-day residency sessions, with access to a full recording studio and audio engineers. Aimed at emerging talent, this collaboration will provide resources for full production of a finished work, including a physical release. Included in the scholarship artists will be given access to the recording studio, an expansive network of artists, accommodations and meals. Unfortunately we are unable to assist in travel expenses at this time.

ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) is a volunteer-run non-profit based in Chicago devoted to employing various systems of support for emerging artists and to creating a generative community of cultural producers. ACRE investigates and institutes models designed to help artists develop, present, and discuss their practices by providing forums for idea exchange, interdisciplinary collaboration, and experimental projects.

Applications are due APRIL 21st, 2012. The session dates for the 2012 year.
A PDF is available here with loads of great information about ACRE.

Session 1: July 18-29
Session 2: August 1-12
Session 3: August 15-26

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