HOOPS “A Whiff of Spirits” C41
(Chthonic Records)

Here’s a collection of musique concrete pieces, prepared/distorted piano/guitar amblings and harsh noises out of Salt Lake City. Tracks 3 & 7 stood out as great textural explorations, and 8 was otherworldly, making me constantly question whether the tuba(?) notes were being slowed down, the field recording was in an abandoned Olympic indoor swimming pool (next to a construction site and a dog park?), or a mix of the two. Those three tracks, in my absolutely pious opinion, are worth repeated listens, but not so much the rest. The download on bandcamp is free, though, so, if you’re into this kinda thing, happy fucking birthday.


- - Jacob An Kittenplan