Artists: Tiny Peanut Feat The Sky Patrol
Title: Lightly Salted
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?