Xenocats / My Cell Phone is Better Than Your Cell
Omaha, NE / Ontario, Canada
Mar 6, 2009
Xenocats create glitchy, messy 8-bit
experiments that are equal parts Aphex Twin and Super Mario Brothers.
The aesthetic is decisively lo-fi in production values, although the
main message - wacky bleep n' fuzz
- comes through clearly enough. The
whole thing has an intriguing silliness to it, making one feel
something like a stranger in a colourful videogame. On the flipside,
My Cell Phone is Better Than Your Cell Phone are on the noisier end of
things, taking vague 8-bit elements and dissolving them in abrasive
electronic haze. The result is a fuller sound that's more dense and
more consistently listenable.
Taken together, this is a brief little
number contained on a recycled cassette (my copy's
side B is actually side A of INXS' Kick). It sounds as if it has been taken straight from a
post-apocalyptic world populated by robots crafted out of old Nintendo
parts. All things considered, Pheline Phone Phriends is a charming
relic from the obscure DIY experimental electronic tape scene. And
with ten copies pressed, time is of the essence...
[Vitals: 4 tracks, ltd.
to 10 copies, distributed by