Burd - Wild Saloone [CS]

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Burd - Wild Saloone [CS]

7.00

Label: Mantile

Year: 2012

Format: Cassette

The Burd & Scarr tape that came out a few ears before this one—my only other encounter with the former—caught me a little off guard, as I was not expecting so much drifty, placid synth work on a Spoils & Relics affiliated outing. Here we have yet another surprise, as Wild Saloone seems partly indebted to an unfiltered sampler-less house music aesthetic, with maybe even some classic sidescroller influence drizzled in. Some unflashy synthesizers (or plain old ‘keyboards’?) make up the lean cast of characters with which Burd builds loops that are rough enough around the edges to keep the listener paying attention—lots of big, jazzy sliding 7th chords and bloopy drum sounds. There’s evidence to suggest our man is operating within some self-imposed limitations, namely working without the net of an undo/erase option. Scarcely any effects are to be found, and there’s a closely adhered to formula of bringing one pot of phrases to a boil, then putting it on the back burner and starting fresh with another. Initially I thought things were getting so dense that the first track would mesh into a solid wall of noise, but that’s right when the slate gets wiped clean. I’d have been happy if Burd leaned back after the second or third layer is introduced, but to each his own (this might just be more fun than I’m willing to have, and I’m a less-is-more guy when it comes to any electronic music with a steady kick drum). Side B deviates from the pattern a bit, reintroducing chord structures and bass lines subjected to different modulations; it functions more as one long piece, as if Burd is doing a rework of his own track in real time. The live-from-the-bedroom presentation and unassuming fidelity help develop a sense of personality that keeps Wild Saloone from being an approximation of a budget gear demonstration. A good time to be had (if you’re looking for one).

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