Boomkat Product Review:
Special Interest's Ruth Mascelli draws a line under her Psychic Hotline project with a compendium of tape-fuxed tekno, scuzzy punque, DIY bedroom pop, reverberating electro and mischievous noize.
Recorded between 2015 and 2019, "The Wild World of Psychic Hotline" collects vital solo recordings from Macelli's archive. Her work with popular New Orleans techno-punk outfit Special Interest is canonized at this stage, but her solo jams shine further light on Mascelli's tastes and interests, dancing around her band's no wave fetish with glee.
Opener 'Spider Queen' is grubbier than Basinski's most disintegrated loop, with an endearing electroid shuffle just about peeking through a perfect storm of hoarse vocals, whirring synth and overdriven noise. Then quickly we're shifted into a parallel world: 'Regulated Lines' retains the echoing vocals, but splices them into an rinsed clean acid-elektro workout. Rattling through smudgy analog ambience ('Nightlife'), beatless synthpop ('This Uncertainty') and sleazy EBM ('Bodies in the Future'), the anthology plays like a particularly generous mixtape. Mascelli's linking thread is pure attitude, and that attitude - camp, satirical and struck thru with political barbs - makes Psychic Hotline's Wild World a thrilling one to live in for a moment.