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Artist: Justin Marc Lloyd (@)
Title: Anxiety Flood Cont.
Format: Tape
Label: Rainbow Bridge (@)
Rated: *****
I was unfamiliar with this Chicago-based artist, but just looking at these tapes I had an idea of what I was in for. The cover is photocopied and lo-fi. There is a hand stapled little book of weird pictures in the case. The lyric sheet is slightly larger than a fortune cookie fortune. The tape label is hand painted with a stamp of the title on it. You can feel the texture of the paint as you put it in the tape player. And you know that the only ones putting out a C-22 tape are noisy acts. So it isn't much of a surprise when I hit play and am greeted with some noisy cut up music with lots of pitch-shifted samples and incomprehensible lyrics. But this is not just thrown together at random. The music hangs together with a kind of structure before descending completely into heavily modulated noise. But this is not just thrown together at random. The music hangs together with a kind of structure before descending completely into heavily modulated noise. On his Bandcamp site, the description includes these lines: 'Heavy garbled tape and vinyl looping as backbones, drunkenly staggered. Non-sensical contrast, as a repurposing, creating unique limits around free-associating. . . . Read the lyrics and sing along.' Yeah, good luck with that singling along part. Well played, Justin Marc Lloyd. We flip the tape over and get some chaos with moments of clarity. For example, in between snippets of voice and noise, we hear bits of a music box with varying levels of processing. In the middle of this there is some discussion about the North Pole, which made me wonder how this worked with the title of 'Approval Ratings.' Finally we hear 'Libra Tears,' which is heavy, thudding percussion with pulsing noise and heavily processed voice and music. This one also shows that we can have Lloyd's ring modulator when we pry his cold dead fingers from around it. Overall, this is pretty good experimental. If you live in the Chicago area, go see him live and buy a tape off of him. It's fun and worth listening to.



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