The Glass Path – Floating Heads in Rhapsody [CS]

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The Glass Path – Floating Heads in Rhapsody [CS]

7.50

Label: Imminent Frequencies

Format: Cassette

Year: 2017

The Glass Path submits another installment in his growing catalog of current-soaked chirps and toppled over toolbox distillations. We’re treated to a woozy overture of primitive instrumentation that intermittently and aggressively tears into the fabric of the magnetic canvas, before settling into the snowball of narrow width punch-ins and junk extractions. The synthesizers credited in the IF description suggest more of a utilitarian Tudor box or Nicolas Collins variety upon listening, more so than even the most humble of conventional electronic instruments: pulse machines with little aspirations for pitch, defiant homebrews of common electrical engineering. The B-side is a more overtly loop-building exercise, but there’s a guiding hand present in The Glass Path that diverts the listener’s attention from the cycle rate enough to focus on the sounds themselves rather than the crooked grid lines. Still not for the repetition averse though—relentless thwack patterns crash in for a mild endurance test, such as someone intending to provoke by acting as if their going to strike you, stopping inches from your face repeatedly. The most recent recording I’d heard previous, Lunatic Fringe on Summer Isle, was of a beefier and more lively nature, in contrast to Floating Heads in Rhapsody which seems like a negative image line drawing composite of its antecedent. A performed, minimally edited, after hours quality sets this tape apart, seasoned with the slow-reeling, drippy, psychological interference one might commonly associate with the Great Lake State. Lots of empty space and room for missteps, so the degree to which this effort works is all the more commendable. Especially fine artwork to boot.

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Since 2011, Detroit’s Matt Conzett (The New Me / Irrational Tentent) has been exploring the boundaries of tape music under the guise of his solo project
The Glass Path. “Floating Heads” consists of two side-long compositions of degraded tape loops, synth, and recordings of a custom-built Dream Machine.