“Leftover Noise/Nachtmusik”
C32 (Nisei Tapes)

There are notably separate EPs on each side of this tape, and when I say that the first side could have been sold as bootlegged demos of Broken Social Scene, I mean it as a compliment. The four tracks on the “Leftover Noise” portion are pretty rad bedroom psychedelia, with creative electronic augmentation around the percussion and oodles and oodles of reverb on the guitar & vocals. The tone is mercurial throughout both sides, but on this side, the shifts are much more pronounced, giving the listener one hell of a sympathetic workout.

Side two, “Nachtmusik”, is a 16 minute dreamscape where the scenes come and go without you even noticing you’ve changed rooms/bodies. Guitar is replaced with violin and keyboards and a more musique concrete approach to providing space is taken, giving the listener the chance to hear exactly what a few different rooms in hir house sounds like when meditating on the piano. The only part I didn’t enjoy was the metronomic techno downbeat that drowned out two of the tinier rooms, but, hey, sometimes dreams flirt with nightmares, right? Do yourself a favor and take the time to listen to this quarter of an hour long piece with headphones.


 - - Jacob An Kittenplan