Release Date: Sep 26, 2011
Record label: No Pain in Pop
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock
There’s a point where The Wizard of Oz factor in music can become clichéd. Sometimes even patronising. Years of The X Factor and all of its soul-sapping, advertisement-spewing brethren have made us believe that we need the ‘whole package’ for something to succeed, forgetting the common separation of human tastes. Maybe the rise in the modern mystery is a reaction to that – a way of stripping our indoctrinated love of The Aesthetic into something more worthy of certain artists’ creations.
GLAQJO XAACSO is a lot of things at once—so much so that the line between patient detail and random accident is pretty narrow. Arrangements rarely stay the same for very long, often lapsing unexpectedly into dissonance. As a result, the album is permeated with a discombobulated sense of mood. Moreover, patten's tracks tend to be quite squashed, and the way their elements pan and slide without warning makes it seem like they're trying to squirm out from under that hefty compression.Consequently, the shortest tracks—calling them interludes would be a misnomer—provide some of the record's brightest spots.
GLAQJO XAACSSO is a fittingly obtuse name for London producer Patten's debut EP. The record-- full of scrambled sounds you recognize from elsewhere-- feels like it could exist in a parallel universe. The sensation of this music, which does have a peculiar thrill to it, can also be a frustrating riddle: At times, you'll want to dive into the waveforms and pull the fragments back into a right order and find some sense.
1996: Aphex Twin's magical set of weird lullabies and childhood memories, Richard D. James Album comes out. A few months before, he collaborates with pal Mike Paradinas (aka μ-Ziq) and releases Mike & Rich. Sometimes referred to as Expert Knob Twiddlers - a typically adolescent acknowledgement of the supposedly masturbatory aspect of much 'intelligent dance music'- this album by two self-proclaimed 'bedroom bores' makes music out to be literally child's play.