WILD two-tracker from Lebanese-American artist akimbo Nour Mubarak turned one-woman band for Dennis the mennis' Ultra Eczema imprint. It's disorderly, desirous pop in rapid, low fidelity transit. A joyride with the breaks cut listening to some Kas Product / Neon tapes, the impulsive, sorta self-conscious bedroom jangle of Itchy Bugger, the unlikely summer balladry of Brenda Ray. Fark. Yes, THAT good.
“Synapse Fusion Refusal” offers five minutes of phasing, subway-station recorded guitar riffs chasing their tail around distant, tin rhythm-box presets and wrung-out, violently manipulated vocals - all the elements feeling as chaotic and THRILLING as going downhill in an old, rickety, unmanned streetcar, the friction between them acting as the only component to give any direction.
“Wont to Wanton Eyebath” bares all the stealthy, rhythmic shadow boxing of an early Lena Platanos cut, Mubarak’s FX drenched poetics and deep spoken word moving like dry ice between the sluggish low-end beat patterns, that could be mistaken for one of those oddball NYC electro 45’s from the mid 80s playing at the wrong speed. Perfect 7”!!
Also just got some copies of the late 80s Velvet Underground covers on Ultra Eczema. Boozy, Belgian versions of "There She Goes Again" and "Temptation Inside Your Heart" from Speleocombo. Party-starters!!