Album Review

Carey, Jeff – “Interrupt-Decay” – [CWnil]

surferrosa   10/24/2012   A Library, CD

Jeff Carey builds custom electro-instrument software which he uses to spawn these absurdly innovative electronic compositions. These are some super scuzzed out, glitchy arrangements..never redundant and quite linear. Sometimes harsh, but never abusive. The variety of sounds on this album is amazing. I would love to see this guy’s set up.. it doesn’t sound real..full of clicks and pops..warped and fuzzed.. tapping and tinkering. There is something almost conversational about these pieces, like all these bizzare noises are speaking to each other. At times it sounds like a short circuiting electronic zoo populated with broken cyborg creatures. Other times like a roaring, howling wind tunnel. The best thing about this is the profoundly artful use of negative space and dynamic… Carey really proves that a little bit of silence can go a long way. This almost sounds like its skipping at times, but don’t let that fool you. The tracks segue nicely, so allow it if you will. Interrupt Decay is an appropriate title for this release.. it truly does sound like a decomposing, teetering electronic swan song. Some of the best noise I’ve heard in a while. Dig it. -Surfer Rosa

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