Boomkat Product Review:
From cranky drones to chattering electro IDM and radioactive synth noise, Squirrels on Film’s 4th 12” explore the outer limits of electronic for the ‘floor...
“Drone, Drugs ’n’ Dissonance” creeps into life as a thunderstorm of white noise, out of which a cold-rave pulse somehow metastasizes into something resembling techno, although this is a deformed, uncivilized, unwanted mutation, separated at birth & raised in a toxic wilderness. It builds slowly before turning up in a rage of digital distortion, a black metal dub party held at the edge of a melting glacier. “Oh, Empire of Roses” is a Dada Phycho Jazz Electro number. Dissonant synth chords snake around each other in a playful ouroboros of manic future funk, never knowing if it’s starting or stopping, coming or going. Relentless bass throbs through the track, which almost threatens to bubble into classic acid electro before fizzling out.
On side two there is “Devotion to a Peacock Angel,” an angular breakdance groove for the characters in the bar scene in Star Wars. Electro dub rhythms keep stay grounded as everything else rips apart in all directions over the course of the track. On “Misfortunes of El Dorado” a soundsystem bangs in the next room, only the deepest bass escaping, shaking reality until it’s torn apart in waves of distortion, a classic techno synth string wandering over the top of everything in a full blown Techno Jazz Odyssey.”