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info opinion

Dereck Higgins / Dino Felipe

split 7"

Public Eyesore

Genre: experimental

Omaha, NE / Miami, FL

Apr 12, 2009

This swell circle of vinyl comes pressed on beautiful pink marbled vinyl, marking a considerable investment for the primarily CDR-centric Public Eyesore label. So was it worth it?

I'd say so. Dereck Higgins' "Properties" occupies side A of this sterling frisbee, creating sound out of eerie, randomly sparse clinks and clanks and samples. This is a flurry of sonic bits that you just get a whiff of, evoking fleeting, subliminal images. A crowd applauding here, wildlife quacking there. A very interesting concept, but one that's overshadowed by...

Side B. Dino Filipe's "Ribbons." Filipe brings on the dark, mysterious drone, registered plainly with a pulsing bass part. There are eerily whispering samples, city sounds, and even some guitar twangs. This is wonderfully and unquestionably musical, exuding a futuristic film score aesthetic. It is one of the most engaging experimental compositions I've heard in a long time, but its physical dimensions render it frustratingly brief! This could be hours long and I'd still be listening...

dereck higgins' myspace / dino felipe's myspace


youuuuuuuutube!: "night music" by dereck higgins, documentary about dino felipe

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 2 tracks, distributed by the label, released April 2008]