Boomkat Product Review:
Ace experimental zinger from Joe Coghill improvising solo within the prisms of avant-techno and rhythm-based electronics - sounding out somewhere between Eli Keszler, Rian Treanor and Beatrice Dillon
Joe’s début release Transit Valley is the first release on Edinburgh-based 50% PURE, which is self-described as “a digital showroom and music label for urban professionals.” We’re not sure what they’ve got against techno loving farmers and village types, but allow the lifestyle schtick cos Joe’s tunes are fairly canny.
In a nearly 1-to-1 representation of his practice, the EP throws down four livewire improvisations recorded by Joe at Glasgow’s Green Door Studio and produced by Lindsay @ 50% PURE. They demonstrate an openness to myriad influences, from Cageian ideas of aleatoric or chance-based music, thru to field recordings, A/V synaesthetics and modular electronics, all ultimately focused into a sort of rhythmic psychedelia.
On the A-side this results the tangled vectors of Transit Valley, coursing a smart transition from perceptibly electronic scree to something more like an Eli Keszler flurry of acoustic drums by the end of the track, whilst the smudged micro-rhythmic chaos of Vantranq recalls Dalglish in a K-Hole. On the B-side, he darts like a lighter Rian Treanor with the scudding tri-step tekkers of Exit Lane, before harnesses that fractious energy into linear yet keening structures on the pounding slosh of Exo-Transit.