TYLER POWELL “Outgoing Messages” (Dismal Niche)

Residential landlines have already reached relic status. Even most older people have cell phones these days. This has led to home phones and their accessories laying to waste. Well instead of letting his answer machine rot Tyler Powell used it to record loops of guitar compositions designed to be background noise.

“Outgoing Messages” is essentially a compilation album of his weird hobby.  The tracks are bits and pieces of some of the loops he created that he deemed good enough to be reproduced. Powell has created calm atmospheric music that is mundane enough to do other things while listening to but pleasant enough not to turn off. I think that was the balance he was going for when he made these; so job well done.

-- Roy Blumenfeld