Album Review

Clone – “Son of Octabred” – [Finders Keepers Records]

Thurston Hunger   10/23/2014   12-inch, A Library

“Push Breathe. Count. Babies by numbers” an excerpt from
the spoken words intro that kicks off the nutrient musical
mix here. Big round ARP synth notes that feel sonogramic,
and some squishy waves wash up as well…is this a rebirthing?
Or the sonic story of one of Octo-mom’s litter? A very retro
walking bass synth line, moving more nimbly than a toddler,
crawls infant-like for a stretch. Things get a little darker,
demon-seed? That inner space birth canal might be a monolith
to outer space? Flip side has an analog rocket with a drunk
R2D2 to start off. Next, here comes the John Carpenter
digitellganger. Rocking chair squeak becomes a siren, it’s
just a noodle fest that could have come from a space-gazing
bachelor pad 40 years ago or whenever man first landed on
the Moog, but remains weird enough for the child comsmonauts
of today. Apparently Clone is a trio of gearbots and this was
broadcast a live set on KGOT (Alaska’s #1 Hit Music Station)
out of Anchorage. The time machine should read 1982 for that
recording, and one of the Clone’s, Gary Sloan had the radio show,
along with Kurt Riemann and Paul Alexander they were one.
Times three. Two side long pieces, good for mingling with other
work, especially on the second set. Recombinant radio lives!
Can’t go wrong with the Dead Cert-ificiation!

-Thurston Hunger

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