M. Geddes Gengras
Beyond the Curtain [CS; Holodeck]

M. Geddes Gengras is becoming a second Keith Fullerton Whitman, because you never know when you might need a spare creative unafraid of any genre, sound, or idea. Beyond the Curtain finds the sometime collaborator once again flying solo, this time in the world of modular synth, turning blips and bloops into catchy kitsch. Despite the repetitiveness (always with the same beat, this music), MGG spreads his wings over the course of three long thinkers. Intermezzo “Air Solo” is the highlight, sitting somewhere between 8-bit wet dream and Arthur C. Clark futuristic dystopia. Space Invaders collide with space invaders, all over the course of eight and a half minutes of frenzied dancing. The tape’s title track takes a turn to Xander Harris/Justin Sweatt territory, a bit more sinister and dangerous in its intentions. Should I panic in the void or just embrace the free fall into nothingness? Eventually, the horror show breaks up upon landing softly in Kirby’s Dream Land. Always with the strange circumstances, this one. As for what to expect next, perhaps an album of oud experiments or Gengras playing a set of Tupperware in his kitchen. It’s guaranteed to be interstellar.


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