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No Josh Wink: Big Phone's Psychedelic Techno Epic, ";)"
by Dave Segal
on Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 4:17 PM
Local label Knightriders Recordings delivers what may be my favorite release in its catalog so far: Big Phone's ;) EP. Big Phone is New York transplant Kenric McDowell, and the title track to his cheekily titled EP (available Feb. 17) possesses a rare shoegaze-meets-Porter Ricks vibe, all A.R. Kane-ish astral guitar whorls and earth's-core bass smudges, augmented by strangely modulated analog-synth coloration. I'm already imagining all the heads that are going to be vibrating on a higher plane as this gushes out of a quality sound system. The EP's other two tracks—"Snake DNA" and "Topic of the Situation"— are Villalobos-like epics of exceptional inventiveness.
You can also check out a Big Phone podcast here. (Here's my review of Big Phone's Feral Phone Myth from 2013.)