Timeslip Roadmender - Clouds - EDLX.046
Donâ€™t be fooled by the name, Clouds are about as rough and spiky as it gets. Words like â€œrowdyâ€,Â â€œboisterousâ€ and â€œraggedâ€ have been used to describe Calum Macleod and Liam Robertsonâ€™s
voluminous output together on the likes of Soma and Fifth Wall, with the unlikely TurboÂ shouldering most of the brunt. And since the release of their album, Ghost Systems Rave, CloudsÂ have only gotten more gnarled and savage, as their Tannhauser Acid Works series and latestÂ cassette release for Opal Tapes will attest. But [ EDLX046 ] could be their most formidable yet.
From a clean slate Clouds present four scuzzy techno cuts full of rattling irreverence that settle inÂ nicely between AnDâ€™s gun-slinging and Sawlin & Subjectedâ€™s heady, virulent soundscapes. On the
A-side â€œMaverick Scrabbleâ€ dives straight in without pausing for breath whilst â€œCastres Olympiqueâ€Â slides around on un-oiled hinges as it layers itself up over time. Dramatic chords, rattles, bells,
static noise and industrial pangs are all woven in, making this a densely packed and texturalÂ number. Then on the flip â€œCoast Range Arcâ€ is like a blast from some cavernous subterranean
workshop fathoms below the surface, leaving â€œPolgate Slamenâ€ to close things on a tough, tightÂ and itchy tip. â€œFixed Kaos Network Feeâ€ is your digital freebee thatâ€™s big, bold and wildlyÂ unpredictableâ€”use it well.