Earthquake Retrofit – Catalope (NJMP3-0125)

This single-track album, Catalope, by Earthquake Retrofit has album art. It can be found right here, actually, just above this text. I was thinking that I might let you know that, in case you missed it. I know sometimes a person's field of attention seems to hone in on tiny, basic text like this, ignoring all graphic and visual stimuli present.

This single-track album, Catalope, by Earthquake Retrofit has album art. It can be found right here, actually, just above this text. I was thinking that I might let you know that, in case you missed it. I know sometimes a person’s field of attention seems to hone in on tiny, basic text like this, ignoring all graphic and visual stimuli present.

Artist: Earthquake Retrofit
Title: Catalope
Label: Noise-Joy
Cat#: NJMP3-0125
Keywords: Noise, Experimental, Musique Concrète
Reviewer: Alex Spalding

Hello, again, and welcome to another excellent review, if I do say so myself. I’m back for a little nostalgia session, re-archiving and reviewing more of those old Noise-Joy records I still have laying about. So, if you don’t mind… just take my hand, and let’s power jog down the avenues of memory and maybe avoid looking at some of the seedier bits.

This interesting album consists of one piece, ‘Catalope’, by Earthquake Retrofit. We’re living in the Tennies, so we don’t even fuck with earthquakes anymore, we can just hop on our hoverboards, but back in ’07? They were maybe sort of an issue still. I forget. This track starts off sounding like some squelching static pad drones and maybe 100,000 papers being shuffled. There are some really nice and alien-ish synthetic sounds plonking around in the mix, a tonal cavalcade of the bizarre, caravaning through the ears with so much fanfare. It eases up briefly, only to blast in with the shrill signals. Something to it makes me think of Mark Mothersbaugh’s digital keyboard soundtracks to Clasky Csupo cartoons, but on a different variety of illicit substances, and maybe on a bender that’s gone on for a little too long, seeing shadow people crawling up the walls.

Well… I’ll shut up for now, and feed you that hyperlink morsel your body craves… so, uh, here comes the airplane…

https://archive.org/details/EarthquakeRetrofit-Catalopenjmp3-0125

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