Album Review

Kadet – “Seismic” – [Tektonic Shift]

Thurston Hunger   1/23/2011   A Library, CD

Kadet Kuhne strafed the KFJC pit last July, and air-dropped
this release from 2001. For an “electronic” album, this has
got a lot of organic texture, nothing is too round, no curve
too well mapped. She’s done work with art installations and
it shows why here, her pieces have a lot of space in them,
and rather than ride a groove into metranome mantra, she
seems more focused on a trip covering territory. “Insert”
has these static discharges into silence at the start, but
works its way through a backdoor to isolationist dub styles.
“Paradigm” is some sort of alien health monitor (tricorder?)
that picks up crosstalk from dead astronauts. “Solipsism”
is not really techno, but has a Basic Channel kind of
ghost. That sort of driving in tunnels after dark ride.
Usually on here rhythm is confined to small cells. “Ursula”
is a broken sprinkler that has that Artificial Intelligence
comp flavor. “Metathought” plugs into music concrete, “Seconds”
bursts till it hurts. One unifying facet here might be waves
clipped to the point of squelch changing to static. Or loose
wires for taut tots.

– Thurston Hunger

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