Recorded sporadically between 2016 and 2018 while away from his typical studio situation, the latest from producer and artist Al Lover continues a thread of colorful but meditative inner journeys -- what he playfully calls "music to be introspective in public to." What began with anxious spirals of dubbed-out psych atmospheres on Interference Patterns finds some resolution on Existential Everything, with a dynamic flow inflected as much by Al's kosmische influences as experimental trap. While Interference Patterns was relatively short, focused, and tense, Existential Everything is sprawling and relaxed. Seen together the segue amounts to a long, rich comedown after a dark but engrossing head-trip.
The six tracks on this picture disc EP holds the essence of what psychedelic dance music is about – escapism. Where to escape? Well, due their sound, CLF could just as well be from where their name implies because this record oozes more of northern Africa than of northern Europe. It puts the listener outside of time somewhere on the banks of the Nile, just before dawn. The combination of Al Lover’s use of samples, drum machines, live instrumentation and analog synthesizers, clashes beautifully with the fierce energy of the CLF’s sound of cracked software, American hip-hop, Euro house and Arabic rhythms. This is the score to the next
Described by Al as a companion “for bad trips,” Interference Patterns is a sharp turn into a darker vein of the Kraut sounds introduced with last year’s Neuicide! 10” for Fuzz Club (an homage to Neu! and “New York Rockabilly Futurists” Suicide). It also feels ironic in 2017 -- while his first Crash Symbols cassette opened with a track called "How Are Things On Planet Earth?," this one ends with "Hellucinations." Compared to both earlier releases though, Interference Patterns is more cerebral, more hypnotic, more dub, and as it happens made in Paris, with an ensemble of cheap but sympathetic table wines. He cites Rodelius and Moebius, though the outcome here is distinctive, unintentionally reminiscent of the resonance associated with traditional Mongolian urtiin duu, “long songs.” Loping and esoteric, Interference Patterns has a sense of vastness and relentless, generative movement, that conjures a world of acid-soaked and wind-dried electronics. Still, the focus is on finding the self in an infinity of chaos and relativity, moving forward: mastering the patterns of life in a holographic universe.
Austin's Al Lover has managed to become a staple of the psychedelic community without a guitar in sight. The producer has gained wide-spread notoriety for his melding of contemporary and past garage and psych-rock into harsh yet spacey abrasive beats.
Neuicide! is an obvious tip of the hat to two ground-breaking bands that are ironically revered by today’s nostalgia-drenched underground music scene, German Kraut pioneers Neu! and New York proto-punks Suicide.
November 27, 2015
Reverberation Appreciation Society & Hoga Nord Rekords
San Francisco-based producer Al Lover has spent the last several years evolving a unique approach to psychedelic music by way of exploring the common threads within it’s various genres. His newest effort, ‘Zodiak Versions,’ sees Al exploring what he views as two musical styles that have defined modern underground music culture, Jamaican Dub Reggae and the German experimental “Krautrock” from the 1970’s. The main point of interest is how these genres were translated through the lens of Post Punk, Hip Hop and Post Disco Electronica to create what we see now as contemporary ‘Indie’ music.