There are 14 albums posted on the PARTY TRASH Bandcamp page between the last thing I heard, roses back in August of 2012, and this new one, entitled scrapped. This one is collection number four of previously unreleased beats, and the tracklist runs 30 deep, which is to say, 30 formed ideas that didn’t fit among the 170 other tracks comprising those 14 albums between August of 2012 and now.
Our very own Birkut, in opening the review for last year’s excellent Deep Magic release Reflections of Most Forgotten Love, raised the question: “At a time when musicians can work just as productively in the comfort of their kitchen as they can in the studio, why might some listeners find prolificacy objectionable?”
Am I more likely to listen to a band whose Bandcamp release list only runs two or three deep, than one who has averaged a release a month for the past couple of years? And how do I compare the unspoken release of a beat tape to Bandcamp after enduring the hype of an otherwise “bigger” album, to find a physical copy in some record store somewhere, likely listening to it less than a name-your-price Bandcamp release, considering the limitations of records that don’t come stuffed with a download code.
All that aside, I’d be hard-pressed to find one beat on scrapped that doesn’t stand up to the nearly canonized style of cosmic shredding built up by PARTY TRASH throughout the last couple of years.
• PARTY TRASH: http://partytrash.bandcamp.com