Genre: glitch, experimental
Feb 6, 2009
Vancouver's Coin Gutter is a collaboration between two laptop wizards
who have taken loads of source material and converted it into these 9
glitch tracks. These are atmospheric soundscapes of the experimental
electronic variety, heavily abstract but still often rhythmic and even
melodic. The static microbeats and electronic hums of "Zero Article"
and "Locution" are distinctly Mego-esque,
bridging the gap between Fennesz and
Meanwhile, "Third Conditional (for V)" and "Minimal Pair" make use of
pretty, blossoming drones, giving the proceedings a dark yet ethereal
quality that's both haunting and unnervingly beautiful. Pigeonless is
at is best on "Anadiptosismeiosis," an eerie electric death march
that's uniquely accessible. I'm less enthralled by clicky/cutty "Antimetabole"
and "Unvoiced Fricative," although their prickly rhythmic adventures
may appeal to the less melodically inclined listener.
A lot of
self-released experimental electronic releases have the propensity to
be flagrantly self-indulgent and incredibly unlistenable. On
Pigeonless, Coin Gutter melds abstract avant-garde-ism with a
concern for the audience. The result is pleasant surprise.
N.B. Pigeonless is available for free
download on Coin Gutter's website.
[Vitals: 9 tracks, distributed by