Boomkat Product Review:
Lo-glo illbient-influenced experiments from thought leaders Andrew Pekler, Jan Jelinek, Hanno Leichtmann and others. If there was an extra hour of midnight, this would be an apt soundtrack.
"Test Pressing III" is the Muscat imprint's third compilation since its birth in 2012, with a four track 7" simply entitled "Test Pressing". Now the label is on its 20th release and celebrates lavishly with a seriously high quality selection of tracks from label regulars like Andrew Pekler, S A D and uon duh and high quality guests such as Jan Jelinek, Leaving Records' Ahnnu and Not Not Fun's KWJAZ.
There are no low points here, the whole compilation wisps through the darkness with a vaporous intensity, touching the deepest depths of jazz-flecked ambient, doom dub and thick, textured ambient. Highlights come from Hanno Leichtmann, whose 'offset 23' is a masterclass in discipline, with a filtered 4/4 barely making it thru the murk and fog, accompanied by degraded drones that sound as if they're being beamed from Philip Jeck's decaying record collection. Elsewhere, Jan Jelinek fuses with vintage electronix recalling Ursula Bogner and reviving his Gesellschaft Zur Emanzipation Des Samples moniker, and Andrew Pekler impresses once more with the oddly groovy 'Early Bird (loose)'.
"Test Pressing III" joins the dots between Miasmah's surrealist moonlit grimbient, the Lynchian, frozen doom of Bohren & der Club of Gore and Pole's sorely-missed ~Scape imprint. Winter blues begone.