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Album Review

Irr. App. (ext.) & At Jennie Richie – “Apt. J(ext.)ie Irrchie – Night Wearing Feathers” – [Black Horizons]

Thurston Hunger   5/23/2013   12-inch, A Library

Matt Waldron the core of irr. app. (ext.) and the bi-polar bi-ped
binary stars of At Jennie Richie (aka Happiness & Forever) collide
for a collaboration/confluence/car wreck. They exchange phone numbers,
insurance cars, odd glances, audio tracks, and fluids of some sort.
The credits include “electrified saggy underpants.” But the sound
is pretty clean. The first side, “Night Wearing Feathers” has more
of a drift drone to it, sure there are some kind of gears spun
and some wooden doors shut, listening to it I wondered how many
KFJC listeners frequently don headphones. I also thought of Cy
Thoth, and how he might thicken up this soup, but then I got
hypnotized by the Waldron art-work and missed a weird jump-splice
while a car couldn’t start on the record. I tripped to the flip,
“Sunshine Bus Rider” which to this Dad who’s cool enough with Dada
found a less static piece. A narrator shows up a few times,
illuminating nothing, but it’s nice to hear a voice. Drums
tunnel through and this one has the more watery waves, possibly
Waldron’s “bacterial cultures.” Plenty of other more puzzling
ear evidence, while I dig a story behind sound sculpture (like
the abandoned resort from the recent Yannis Kyriakides), the
blindfolded ear voyage here hits some high points, insect world
or galactic flashes. Sections feel like enhanced field recordings,
clarinettes meeting in a empty hall, kid playing under a freeway
overpass. Baroque whispers, piano pause and stings slackened.
Definitely the type of music where the listener is a player,
but again on side B, there’s more to draw upon. Side A evidently
was an earlier (2006) mini CDR issue. In keeping with their
detailed aesthetic, glad to see a secret message scrawled
in the run out spaces on this vinyl. Wish I could have deciphered
the actual sounds as surely. -Thurston Hunger

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