Boomkat Product Review:
The estimable 12k label has spent these past few years making something of a transition away from the precise and experimental lowercase sound studies of old, making room for a more organic sound characterised by 'proper' instruments, and in a few cases, actual bands. Amplifier Machine would surely fit this description. Comprising members of such outfits as Swordfish, The Spheres, I Want A Hovercraft and Registered Nurse (well known beat combos one and all, we're sure you'll agree) this band embarks upon a journey through a number of electroacoustic vignettes, all dabbling in improvisation as much as they do with more orderly song structures. The end result brings to mind the kind of atmospheric, finely poised cinematic music you'd associate with Pan American, elegantly carrying familiar instrumental sounds into the domain of the ethereal on the downright beautiful bowed sculptures guiding you through 'Memories Of The Feeble-Minded' and the almost post-rock like 'Up With The Curtain, Down With Yr Pants', which despite the title is a very sober affair, based around a haunting melodic presence. Really, you'd be more likely to find a record of this ilk on Kranky, or perhaps Type, and Her Mouth Is An Outlaw is probably the least explicitly electronic record 12k have been associated with since the Seaworthy disc from a year or two back. If this change in direction for the label is to stick, then music of this standard marks a clear route forward. Amplifier Machine have delivered quite an exceptional album, and the finest release on 12k for some time. Essential purchase.