Album Review

Weird Ear : Radio Sample 2012 – 2014 [coll] – [Weird Ear]

Thurston Hunger   11/14/2014   A Library, CD

Weird Ear is a local label that had an auspicious start with
three vinyl records that KFJC has. The Bosetti and A Magic
Whistle feature sidelong tracks though, so these excerpts
are easily tucked into your chaotic creative sets. The
Bosetti in particular does a nice job making sense out of
his Mask Mirror invention. The Glochids “To be Clear” enhanced
field recordign fooled my ears on a midnight headphone walk
as I wondered where the night birds came from. Angela
Sawyer is a supremely talented weirdo (make no Exusumwa’s
about it, and she often writes the liner notes for Pharaway
releases), her dorkified pop numbers, felt like she got
a Michael Jackson paint-by-numbers song instruction kit,
the knife she carries is for YOU so yeah you might end up
running with the angels in the sun, or a horror movie.
The addleds deliver some psycho-acoustic jazz-clash with
KFJC friendly names, among them Kyle Bruckmann and a
tortured oboe causing Jacob Heule’s drums to have repeated
car crashes on “Mottle Pt1” while Kanoko Nishi’s koto
and Tony Dryer’s bass plink, pop, plop, plunk on “Pt3”
Waxy Tomb warps her voice and wraps it in malfunctioning
electronics for Zeek Sheck shock treatment. Catchy in a
way that defines explanation and gravity. “Trumpet Trumpet
Synthesizer” is a Prom Night under a digital mirror ball
with morphing vox and a hint of a high-rise Kondo-san.
Horaflora creates a mini movie (and runs this fine label)
drones power into a mechanized maze of sounds. Bhob Rainey
came by KFJC a long time with Nmperign, and it was a subtle
shifting of waves that almost defied perception. His improv
duets here have more heft and wah-wah-esque treatments.
Burbly on the first, and a more silk-screened scream starts
the second, before a jump cut to winding down flutter.
Diverse, you betcha! Need more wax out of this Weird Ear!

-Thurston Hunger

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