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Psychic Liberation's Nick Klein meets Tokyo-based sound artist Makoto Oshiro on 'Spaced' the duo's noisy SUPERPANG debut.
Recorded in three discreet sessions in Berlin, a rehearsal at Universität Der Kunst, then a show at Cashmere Radio, and West Germany, a DIY venue in Kreuzberg, 'Spaced' shows how two artist's improvisations can shift depending on time, place and emotional state. With Oshiro on self oscillating amps, radio gear and kachi kachi, a pair of Japanese castanets, and Klein using synths, reverb and delay, the duo make a commanding racket. Their initial runthrough is the album's lengthiest jam, slowly growing from rattles and fluid gurgles into splattery synth groans and nauseous, hard droning oscillations.
The short, sharp 'Cashmere' is our favorite moment and the album's noisiest, almost eight minutes of furious, garbled noise that instead of letting up, doubles down as it cracked into deafening, overdriven damage. Then in the final third, the noise subsides into a faint hiss, with ghostly squeaks replacing the ear-bleeding grumbles. 'West Germany' sounds like the most composed collaboration, and Oshiro's castanets are left to rattle over swooping synth wails, creating ASMR clacks and rustles while Klein works on the upper register, doling out insectoid squeaks until they morph into ruff, basement bass womps.