Ross Wallace Chait & loopool – Digressive generation

Artist: Ross Wallace Chait & loopool
title: digressive generation
format: cassette tape / CDR
keywords: experimental
label: Amok Recordings

Mysterious sounds that seems to dribble between influences of rock and eighties synthetic cyberspace. I can’t put my finger on it, which is a good thing as this is obviously true experimental music.

A maddening childlike melody runs around in the next track, it is perhaps of a friendly origin but the tones that are accentuating it gives the impression of listening to something eerie. There is a certain nervous vibe settled in this strangle childlike world of maddening music. Listening to it for too long may drive the listener nuts and paranoid, so better tune in responsible.

This whole record really puts the mind open in how much things there are still to explore in experimental music. This duo really did a great job of making something original, listenable and perhaps not yet done before. The third track is them pulling of some kind of ambient track that is generated of strange synth plucks, a spastic blind folded organ player and strange nervous feet ticking on the wooden floor. Even though there isn’t a obvious recognizable song structure, it does really feel like one. Perhaps it’s like a jazz band, holding on to some basic rules and then jamming around it.

What comes next is a something that mixes a repetitive sound with a warm sky opening spacious droney guitar session. Compared to the previous tracks perhaps less original, but who really cares about that? Just chill out for a while and explore the corners of this pretty soundscape.

For the lovers that came more for the experimental sound, these two artists came up with a track called ‘pick a switch’. I bet everyone can hear something else in this minimal experiment, but my visual sectors visualize the two artists wipes with a rubber wet kitchen towel over the glass surface of a damp window. Sometimes they wipe slowly and consistent, and at times more persistent as if they are trying to remove some dirt spots that are tough to remove. I can also see pigeons moving about at the other side of the window. I presume we are on the inside of the glass, because if the pigeons where inside the house and the artists outside doing this sound-art performance it could be a little bit too weird and eccentric. It would be funny though if all humans are acting like pigeons for one day and pigeons do what normally humans do. Imagine a group of humans picking up breadcrumbs from the ground with their mouths in central park and some pigeons kicking them.. Or floks of humans hamging out on the balcony, shitting on statue’s while pigeons are chilling out on sofa’s looking at other pigeon celebrities on the news, driving around in cars and dance in pigeon clubs… uh.. sorry… I completely forgot that this was a review of an album. Let’s focus on the last track with full attention!

Perhaps this is the last track of this album, but with its length that exceeds more than half an hour, you might consider it as almost a release on its own. It starts good with unique recordings of the strange and the oddest sounds this duo could find. Strange kitchen equipment, stirring in a large cooking pan. Suddenly everything in the house could be seen as a useful instrument. The great finger drumming on what I believe is the outside of a bird cage sounds pretty and amazing with the noisy movements in the background. It feels like one artist is doing more real life recording and improvisation on things to hit and play with in its environment, while the other artist is taking care of more electronic machine based noises and manipulations. Of course I cannot be sure of all these conclusions but I do know that because of my mistake talking about pigeons too much, my time has ran out. As this is a highly experimental album, I thought to save myself and leave some space below for yourself to continue this review. Here is a keyboard, a typewriter, a feather and a pot of ink! And here is the album link for your reference: (enjoy!)
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