Linea Aspera – “Linea Aspera II” – [Self-released]
This is the second, and unfortunately final (at least for the time being) release from Linea Aspera. The first self-titled album on Dark Entries got a lot of love from a few of us at KFJC, and at least two of us are sad to see the duo split up. The follow-up EP, simply titled II is a limited edition cassette and digital self-release. This swansong is only three tracks, and it is certainly interesting to see where they would have gone after this. While staying in the spirit of the original album, parts of this are more noisy, more avant-garde, a black and white 1980s that never happened. The first track is frantic disco, ending halfway and yielding to rhythmic, soft-edged noise. “Vultures” is most like the first album, a minimal wave dance synth jam with Alison’s haunting vocals. The final track has no vocal, and is a soft noisy analog k-hole of black inky blackness. I’m really bummed that this band isnt continuing on, because their evolution would have been great to listen to. I suppose better to burn out than fade away.