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Ruth Mascelli of Special Interest docks their new solo debut of driving bathhouse techno and steamy ambient variations with Disciples.
Forging a new path parallel to their Psychic Hotline gear and work with New Orleans’ Special Interest, Mascelli slips between sleazy techno and curdled ambient for the chemise soirees and suchlike. ‘Sauna’ gets into a humid darkroom mindset with meat motor grooves and spoogy acid lines, followed by strokes of throbbing house in ‘Petri Dish’ and the kinkier veins of ‘One For The Voyeurs,’ before expending his ‘Libidinal Surplus’ with a round of high velocity acid techno. The rest is mostly given to his softer side, offerign a curdled new age rub down with ‘Hydrotherapy,’ and the Tin man-esque slow acid of ‘Circle of Shit’ and ‘Sunrise,’ plus the bittersweet, elegiac admission ‘Missing Men.’
“Ruth Mascelli comments: “This album is an audio diary of adventures had at various bathhouses, dark rooms, and gay clubs while on tour with Special Interest and traveling on my own. It was a way of wrapping my head around my own experiences in those very specific surroundings but also an attempt to connect to the current of queer history flowing through those spaces. Cruising dystopia, libidinal contact, anonymity & risk - rites of passage with a potent lineage.
I was in a particularly dark and cavernous sex club when I heard an unstable melody crackling from down the hall. Instead of a proper sound system this place had the kind of network of tinny intercom speakers you would find in a school. The sound of a degraded pop song several rooms away getting lost amidst the chorus of heavy breathing was the starting point for this project.
I think of each individual track as it’s own room or physical space. Some may be lonely, some crowded, but I tried to leave them open enough to walk around and explore.”