Babe, Terror – Knights 8.3
This is hazy. ‘Babe, Terror’ creates a deeply strange sonic universe that vaguely references pop conventions while it loops again and again until the repetition becomes utterly hypnotic. ‘Knights’ is hypnagogic pop at its absolute strangest. Evolution of these loops is so subtle. What makes it fascinating is how it creates an environment where this feels perfectly acceptable. Sure that beat will continue onward. Emotions have been bled clean of this leaving behind a nearly blank slate of sound. Minimal is one word for it. Insanely, indescribably catchy would be another.
‘Lifantastic I’ is perfect. While it appears calm on the first listen it slowly reveals the sounds of inner churning. Glitches form a large part of the song’s appeal as little element stutter and start up. Shadows of sounds appear to filter into from an unseen location. ‘Savagestic’ sounds like Tones on Tails track even the lazy drum machine beat gives off the illusion of a 80s instrumental gone very wrong. ‘Lifantastic II’ goes even further down the ‘music drinking cough syrup’ vibe. Things slow down even more as the same beat keeps on plodding along. Vocal distortions remind me of DJ Yo-Yo Dieting’s bizarre sense of humor. How it ends is with a drunken loop going on over and over again until it becomes completely indecipherable.
‘Knights’ is the sound of music that has lost its way and doesn’t care. This is bizarre strange stuff that gets stuck in your head like so much new-age airport Muzak. Yet there’s something here nearly psychedelic in nature that keeps it utterly engrossing.