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Andy Votel, Sean Canty and Doug Shipton reconvene their obscurantist triumvirate with a steeply immersive 3rd volume of proper DJ alchemy under the Popular Mechanics banner.
With the project’s inspiration unveiled in a reissue of Mecanica Popular’s ¿Qué Sucede Con El Tiempo? dispatched on Dead-Cert in 2015, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had a better grasp on the trio’s allegorical, metaphorical style of collage. However, on Popular Mechanics 3 they keep its boundaries as open, intangible and porous as ever, offering a red rag to any soul foolhardy enough to try and pin them down.
We’ll hold our hands up; we’re in utterly abstract terrain inside, with no handrails, signposts or googlemaps to help guide the way. Even Shazam won’t help you inside their haunted house of horror film foley and phantasmagoric atmospheres. Rumbling percussive polymetrics, queasy swannee whistles and short-circuiting electronics are detectable but acousmatic in source, accreting to a densely-layered yet weightless bush of ghosts in side 1, before side 2 keeps us out of sight, somewhere in the ether, witnessing the trio cook up a potent psychedelic brew of dissonant, pitching synths, possessed harpsichord, jazz detritus and electronic scree like a gang of spice-masters attempting to discover a new compound which will better hypnotise and control their clientele.
Grab one while you can...