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Amazing, sui generis actions from Poland’s Mołr Drammaz duo and drummer Jacek Tokarski, taking in Coil-esque electronic abstraction, free jazz and ambient sound poetry under their broad wingspan on the 1st volume in “an undefinable series” unearthed by LFI
No strangers to the strangest strains of modern music, Lullabies For Insomniacs’ catalogue marbles thru the murk to highlight overlooked delicacies from spaces between the avant-garde, the DIY, and the occult. Mołr Drammaz’ ‘Times Before Emojis’ lies right in the middle of that triangulation, rounding up a baker’s dozen audities conceived in Poland between 1996-2012, mostly on their Mik Musik.! label. And, like their label name, the duo employ an equally free use of punctuation in their music, a refreshingly free-spirited, psychedelic style that sits in great company on LFI beside the likes of Sugai Ken, László Hortobágyi, Dino J.A. Deano.
Sequenced for sensory immersion and riddled with surprises, the compilation keens thru a number of reverberating digital drone pieces before shredded glitch gives way to a muddy systolic thrum and scrambled vox - all quite in/unhuman, before they suck us into what sounds like Smegma with a jazz drummer, and whorls of possessed tape loops. Turn over and it only gets more mercurial, vacillating vortices of Autechrian complexity with rabid batacuda rushes, surreal solo piano vignettes and fractured toytronica, culminating in the LP’s straightest but almost weirdest cut in the hobbling avant-pop of ‘Song Instead Of Grass’.