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Drexciya Later: Big Phone – Feral Phone Myth
by Dave Segal
on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 2:37 PM
Big Phone—recent Brooklyn transplant and Bard College graduate Kenric McDowell—dropped Feral Phone Myth Feb. 28, 2037. That’s a cheeky way to signify your music’s futuristic, but the seven tracks here, while spare and quite otherworldly, don’t quite attain that unimaginable sound that comes to mind when I think of music made quarter century hence. But maybe that’s just me (and I know it’s paradoxical to have a preconceived notion of “unimaginable sound”). Whatever the case, Big Phone definitely has tapped into a weird vein of techno on Feral Phone Myth, which McDowell describes as “the minimal Gnostic Hymn of the Pearl underworld rebirth/death/remix in just intonation/multimeter time collapse.” He had me at “Gnostic.”
Early favorites of Feral Phone Myth are “Jolie Sphinx” and “Panther Butterfly,” which recall the desolate, interstellar transmissions of Drexciya and Transllusion. This is more “braindance” than something that’ll get thousands of hands in the air on an Ibiza beach, so it may be more useful for people coding… or doing codeine. The disturbingly psychedelic midtempo stomp of “Flew in the Form of the Eagle” features the most impressive use of didgeridoo in a techno track since, um, Aphex Twin’s “Digeridoo.”
Mastered by masterly audio guru Vance Galloway, Feral Phone Myth is an intriguing slice of gnomic, cerebral techno that provides seven epic escape hatches into some very strange terrain. Keep your ears glued to Big Phone’s next moves.