Boomkat Product Review:
*Ron Morelli returns with an 8-Track / 30 Minute EP of tense, claustrophobic all new material for Hospital Productions, a follow-up to last year’s ‘Spit’ and ‘Backpages’ releases* Ron Morelli returns to Hospital Productions with a deeply claustrophobic set of new tracks, described by Morelli himself as "...the culmination of a mission gone wrong." Far removed from anything you might have heard on L.I.E.S. over the last couple of years, 'Periscope Blues' evokes a sense of isolation and alienation so palpable and affective that it belies the off-the-cuff production style Morelli has spoken of in the past. All but gone are the more direct dancefloor experiments of its predecessors, instead Morelli goes further out into the unknown, exploring unforgiving soundscapes - from the deserted, de-tuned, nightmarish, almost-Lynchian washes of opener 'Alone On The Beach (Beach Mix)' to the detached, obsessive-compulsive twitches of 'Island Bore' and the paranoid vocal edit of 'Director Of (Accapella)'. In-between Morelli offers some respite, most notably on the beautifully crisp analogue pad of 'Periscope Blues (Version)' and addictive analogue coda 'Shredder' - before 'Lone Navigator' provides the EP's biggest concession to the dancefloor - albeit one that seemingly navigates two time signatures simultaneously, like the most opaque and brain-freezing rendition of slow-fast you'll likely ever hear. " Music for the stranded, the lost, those backed into a corner with nowhere to go…" Morelli says of these tracks, and it's quite unlikely you'll hear anything that provides quite the same sense of paranoia and strange exhilaration as 'Periscope Blues' this year. In our books - that makes it pretty fxcking indispensable.