It came to my knowledge that Q///Q had just released some new tracks. So because of that, I’d like to make sure they’d get a showcase here. I’m not sure if they’re going to be a part of a larger release, but in total I’ve seen three tracks. The tracks are as follows: “Jardim“, “Porto Santo” and “Ossobo“. They are even weirder than what was displayed in “Azores Azul” on Skrot Up. It might even have a proper etiquette of “carnival minimal electronics“. Because it feels like something you would hear be played there, the only difference being that it is in an electronica outfit. Mix that with video-game music and you’ll have an 8-bit dinner that you’ll have a hard time to chew down. Let alone listen to with your own tired and weary ears. Q///Q doesn’t give a damn about table-manners and decide to drive it into our skulls with the hook, line and sinker. We’re in for a treat when it comes to their ingenuity, or you could argue that it’s plain and simple stupidity. Whatever it is spelled out as, I am glad that I listened to these tracks as well. The bizarre has just come a long way and doesn’t shy away from the spotlight anymore. You simply can’t say that they lack playfulness, because that is a very important ingredient in their apt electronica masquerading as tropical minimal synth, with schizophrenic experimentalism at the tip of the spear. Well, listen to all these three songs as well, down below.
Quirky and steadfast, but gloomy, experimental minimal wave in a tropical setting. With our ears the minimalism can go just as far but not further, Q///Q decided to have a sound-scape that is totally subdued into minimalism with their release “Azores Azul“. Those whom stand behind this moniker are Peter Kris, GT and Quinn – which doesn’t really say that much to me. But accordingly, one of the tags are German Army, so one could say that people from the army might be involved. That wouldn’t be too surprising, because the experimentalism of Q///Q head into their territory at times. But this is a rather different palette, more quirky synthesizer, a weird landscape of sound which is suggestive to say the least. The rambling of an inane person viewed through an hourglass, slowly transforming into sand. It is like being stung by electronic bees.
The outlet for this weird music is not that surprisingly; Skrot Up – the Copenhagen haven for crazed music. Even though five tracks make up around fifteen minutes, whilst listening to this music – you can’t help being lost in transmission. Each and every hit on the synthesizer makes an awkward sound, each and every beat that can be heard is odd to say the least and the vocal impersonations that are carried around in the tropical sound that is overwhelmingly there – remind you more about every seminar you wanted to miss – with a person babbling incoherently about stuff you’ll have to learn but don’t want to. This is a good mark for Q///Q though, because they execute this weird combination with astonishing results. Experimentalism is the end and beginning within this landscape of sound, the quirkiness and the general attitude in which they bring this upon us. I’ve found my salvation, probably. You can buy the release directly from Skrot Up, it is strictly limited to sixty cassettes, you can also stream the release down below.
MERX is a moniker that is made up by a half of German Army. Yes, that’s correct, the German Army that I’ve covered not too long ago when they released their album “Last Language“. You could probably figure out that yourself, since a lot of the sound resembles their super-group. MERX latest album “20000 Sq Ft Under The Sea” was re-issued by Permanent Records – whom also put out “Merx“, their self-titled debut. What makes this release an oddity, though, is their classic post-punk mixed with the remnants of the late 80’s New Yorkish no-wave. These Los Angeles hounds are not easily moved or impressed, but they share a lot of influences that can be recovered from that particular decade. Combine that with the cold harnessed touch of cold wave, and you’re set for you trip into megalomaniac territories. Even though their debut was more cleanly shaven and post-punkish at its core, these post-punkers care not to delve into old cliches. Cris-crossing genres is a sport they would gladly engage in. Even engaging in such outlandish behavior as to combine the industrial electronics into the minimal, but cynical – mess. As you delve into their landscape, fear not the no-wave sound, because these heroin-fueled dreams become a longing – as the clinking guitars and groovy baseline catch you (and your breath). Breathe when you’re near, because they have a terrible odor. Cherish the time you had without them, but please remain seated during this experience. We’re here to offer you the last track on their record, namely “Poor Unfortunate Sons“, exclusively on Invisible Guy – as a free download. Listen to it and remember to not shriek in tune with them, or they’ll make a mess of you in their musical setting. Terrible news, isn’t it?
You can buy the re-issued record straight from Permanent Records, strictly limited to 100 copies on vinyl. Make sure you check out the original release that went out on Skrot Up earlier this year, also.