Boomkat Product Review:
London’s First Terrace Records bring together two generations of electronic sound explorers on one disc; pairing Portland, Oregon’s Holland Andrews, aka Like A Villain, with Seattle’s K. Leimer, veteran of Savant and Palace Of Lights, for a stark contrast of incendiary extended vocal technique and free-floating ambient structures.
On her side, Holland follows up her role in Peter Broderick’s The Beacon Sound Choir with an escalating transition from glacial, elemental vocal layering to flammable, airborne harmonics and a primal/futuristic climax that sounds like Björk in duet with Diamond Galas while sharing a massive bottle of whiskey and battered microphone. By the end of the 20 minute piece you’ll understand its alternative title; I’d Rather Not Talk About It.
The B-side catches K. Leimer in wistfully elegant form with the hazy recording of what sounds like a Japanese lady speaking in German, embedded in swelling strings and arcing electronics on Chance Favours Pattern, before shapeshifting between selector-acoustic ambient in the Eno vein with The Melancholy of Departure (1916), the flustered percussion of Noise Coiled Sleep, and autumnal tones of Small Coloured Enclosures.