Improvised, unrushed music with cello as the primary source. A single take recorded and processed through a myriad of hardware, software and NASA grade firmware 100% live and on the spot September 7th 2018 in Buffalo NY. 'Popped Music' is an untamed atmospheric obelisk of nightmarish scratching, serene melancholia and brisk paranoic tension reminiscent of a more deconstructed version of Gil Mellé's original electronic soundtrack to the Andromeda Strain. We haven't been able to pick our jaws up off the floor since we heard this, its fucking amazing.
300 copies of my 150 gram translucent red vinyl housed in a 24pt reverse board jacket adorned with artwork by J.P. Aurs.
Cort Lippe : Computer
TJ Borden : Amplified & Acoustic Cello
David Bailey: Samplers & Pedal Steel Guitar
Our take: Iron Lung has a habit of pushing at the edges of what we think of as hardcore punk music, but this disc from LBB is a departure even by the label’s already wide-open standards. From the label’s description, the group improvised the music on these two vinyl sides in real time (they list the instruments as cello, pedal steel, sampler, and computer) and ran them through additional processing afterward. While you might hear the occasional scrape of a cello’s bow or a plucked string, mostly the noises you’ll hear are indiscernible thumps and knocks mixed with Eno / Tangerine Dream-esque swells of pure tone, any or all of which might be run through echo, delay, or other effects. Popped Music sounds like the music you’d hear in the video projection room of a modern art gallery while you watch a grainy and abstract film. It feels fluid and structureless, as sounds, rhythms, and melodies drift into and across one another. It’s a little unsettling, but it’s also gripping from moment to moment, even on repeated listens. This is not for everyone and it’s certainly not hardcore punk, but I love it. If you consider yourself on the more adventurous end of Iron Lung’s audience there’s a good chance you’ll love it too.