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One of electronic music’s most curious properties, Nat Fowler aka Novo Line expands upon his Braille Satellite EP with two new cuts for this special release commemorating an impromptu tour van rave at Braille Festival in summer ’17, held deep in the dark woods of Lithuania.
Coming off the back off his mutable Dyad for Ecstatic - one of thee best records of this year, if you ask us - this session offers a broader survey of Novo Line’s Atari ST-borne style and displaced pattern with five tracks ranging from the Suicide-esque In A Fix featuring vocals by fellow van traveller Paul Arambula, to a superb consolidation of doom metal and computer music in the crushing bunny tracks.
In A Fix kicks the EP into action with Arizona’s Arambula singing a lullaby about the van over what sounds like a Suicide groove trapped in slowly solidifying amber, before Movement 3 (Last Pythagoras) picks up where Novo Line’s Movements (2016) left off in a skudgy of skewed synth tunings and squashed Boss jakbeats. The stomach-churning, atonal discord of bunny tracks takes pride of place at the centre of the EP, while sScalarr locates a gripping example of how Novo Line is effectively using the outmoded Atari ST like a guitar to generate highly personalized, distorted tunings - think of him as some Kevin Shields of the old beige box - and Finished World presents one of his very most demented sluggers, practically splitting at the seams with turgid, blow-out bass and riddled with wickedly gurning synthlines.