Tiny Peanut Feat The Sky Patrol – Lightly Salted (NJMP3-0246)

Advanced calculus?.. or the album artwork for Lightly Salted by Tiny Peanut and The Sky Patrol? I've got one team working on the answer right now on Windows' Calculator, another in the lab trying to see if we can synthesize air molecules to a peanut. We'll keep you updated.

Artists: Tiny Peanut Feat The Sky Patrol
Title: Lightly Salted
Label: Noise-Joy
Cat#: NJMP3-0246
Keywords: Rhythmic Noise, Techno, Experimental, Europop
Reviewer: Alex Spalding

Another strange single that came to me from out of nowhere, so it seemed. Tiny Peanut I believe was also the artist Drohnwerks who’d sent a few short albums of low key minimal ambient music my way previously. This was something he put together for release in a studio working alongside The Sky Patrol, who was a producer friend of his. Both artists reside someplace in England.

‘Lightly Salted’ begins with… a few seconds of silence… oh!, and then a vocoder and uptempo synth chord sequence start. It’s very lofi thoughout, which I think is the strangest aspect of the single. We are treated to a chipmunk vocal and on top of the sequence emerges a cowbell hitting in 4/4 time. Gradually a fast distorted tom tom groove comes in. This is a very strange mix of sounds. Happy hardcore / pop / rhythmic noise, perhaps. Later, over all of this comes a wash of white noise. Everything begins to distort heavily, though the original sequence of chords does occasionally shine through the muck of it. Then it gets clipped, glitched up randomly. I don’t know if that was on purpose. The filtering becomes apparent for a moment, as the frequencies shift around. Clips of the chipmunk vocal jut in, and then it ends after just a brief moment of hats and cowbell.

This is a very different single, totally worth having for that reason at least. Personally, it’s grown on me a lot over the years. I still have no idea what it is, or why, and that’s what I love about it. Sonically amazing. Check it out, won’t you?


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