Album Review

Sunken Foal – “Fermented Condiments ” – [Planet Mu Records Ltd.]

Thurston Hunger   11/26/2008   12-inch, A Library

Irishman Duncan Murphy is Sunken Foal, which evidently is
not a spoonerized version of Funk ‘n’ Soul, but rather a
fork-i-fried splattle of sample-seeded techno and
occasionally live layered-on guitar. The thromb basslines
are often at odds against the other synth plinkery, so you
get a mashing mesh superimposing matter and anti-matter
generating an unstable beatspace. Thus if you like the
accidental dance music of the collapsing world, I think
this Planet Mu release is for you. In particular, “Folic
Abandon” struck a nerve or three with me. Stretched and
spliced and rewired them in fact. “Retract” works its way
to a nice kind of champion melody, with plenty of velcro
spittle speckling any Future Sound of London. No blarney
on this, just headfoonery and some beats that roll like

-Thurston Hunger

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