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Nelson, Zac – “Charbroile” – [Debacle Records]

Roland Blunt   3/16/2014   12-inch, A Library

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2012 effort from Sacramento area percussionist/insrtumentalist Zac Nelson (Hexlove, Alak, CHLL PLL, Prints, Biosexual, Who’s Your Favorite Sun God?)…his second release on the Seattle-based Debacle Records label.

Side A consists of 10 “micro songs”, so to speak, that range from 1-4 minutes in duration. Crunchy, grimy, tangy overcooked indie-savant grooves and beats…layered with not so subtle hints of synth, bass and vocals…served up with acid-soaked tongue planted firmly in cheek. Each displaying varying degrees of tripped-out quirk, and dished as an aspect of remix material for the thrice-baked sonic mind scramble that exists on B.

Side B (20:43) is a side-long “macro” mix of the raw material provided on the flip side: a frothy, churning cauldron of leftover surprise delivered hot and fresh from the dark side of the moon.

I found tracks 3, 4, 6, 8, & 10 to be particularly satisfying. Guitarist Ava Mendoza extends some tasty licks on track 9, and the Side B remix suite features additional electronics from Darin Ho of Raccoo-oo-oon as well as guitar from Carson McWhirter of Hella.

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