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Fail: Ode To Kittyhelp

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Artist: Fail
Title: Ode To Kittyhelp
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Inner Demons
Rated: * * * * *
Fail is one of the many projects of Dan Fox, the man behind the Inner Demons label, This Is What I Hear When You Talk, Loss, and others. In this one, Fox is joined by an extra bandmate. That bandmate would be his cat.

This album consists of one track titled "This Track Would Have Been A Couple Of Minutes Longer Had My Kitty, Ulthar, Not Launched Himself Onto My Keyboard And Stopped The Recording." According to the notes, this track was "created using 14 delay pedals only. Sound sources were 2 circuit-bent delay pedals and a delay pedal fed back into itself. When multi-effect pedals were used, only the delay function was engaged." So let's get into it without delay.

It opens with pulsing bass that marches forward, but soon begins to shift and evolve. Feedback loops, heavy drone, high pitched squeals. What sounds like an analogue synth through a speaker that is going bad. As it progresses, it begins to become increasingly chaotic, which makes it much more interesting. I'm impressed that all of this was done with delay pedals because there is a lot going on in this track. It eventually all dissolves into a wash of feedback. Overall, this is very nice. I like the concept, and the execution of it belies its simplicity. Still, this stands on its own merits. Well done.

This release weighs in at 18:36 minutes, and it’s free, so you really have no reason to not get this release.

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