Boomkat Product Review:
Slip Discs' 4th issue is the debut release of contemporary electronic compositions by two friends of the label and fellow students at Manchester's RNCM. Caroline Haines works under the Chaines moniker on two pieces. Her first, 'Speak Gentle Words', is a subtle 10 minute soundscape opening to precisely placed and plangent percussions amid stereo swirl of opalescent chords, before taking an eerier tack to naif vocal manipulations, creepy accordion and baby cries coming off like Madalyn Merkey and Ghedalia Tazartes scoring a stage play. Her 2nd is no less beguiling, pushing her vocal treatments with more extreme dynamics emulating the extended techniques of Jennifer Walshe and with the sharp, dissonant twist of Holly Herndon's laptop music. Those pieces are broken in sequence by three from Tom Rose. Seemingly themed around all-weather brands (apt in Manchester) Tom's track titles, 'Berghaus', 'The North Face' and 'Peter Storm' neatly reflect his alternating electro-acoustic ecologies, ranging from grey and windswept glitches to sombre, drizzly, Raster-esque minimalism infused with Tom Bayman's cello and Chaines violin.