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In the wake of the drag show-sadomasochist fusion of Troller’s intimate “Not Here” video, another peak from the upcoming album has surfaced for those who have longingly been waiting since 2012 for the next incarnation of the Austin band. The teaser comes in the form of a foreboding drone accompanied by a fractal-laden feedback loop from video artist T.C. Johnson. The jump from “Not Here” to “Dryld” suggests the more diverse palette of Graphic, which promises new aesthetic ground for the band, ranging from the thrash of metal to, dare I say it, more ear-wormy hooks.
Graphic is coming out on Holodeck Records on April 8.
Monofonus Press just announced a new comp of Austin bands entitled We Jam By Condos, a spot-on mash up of The Minutemen’s DIY mantra with the reality of Austin’s growing, condo-dwelling, young professional class. The title is just a clue that these dudes really have a comprehensive grasp on Austin’s current cultural moment. The comp offers a diverse range of acts from the degenerate punk of Ghetto Ghouls, to the debased techno camp of Shit & Shine, and the meticulous synth hardware arrangement of SURVIVE. Falling in line with the latter part of that spectrum is Troller, whose track "Destruccion" is featured on the comp. Though it's on the verge of submerging into the thick and ominous cloud of bass and synth arpeggio, the voice of their bassist Amber Star Goers sets up the pained but self-possessed emotional heights of the song.
We Jam By Condos is coming out on Monofonus Press May 14th.
Un Autre Voyage, is the highly anticipated sophomore album from Montreal’s electronic composer Marie Davidson. On “Excès De Vitesse” Davidson takes the instability of love and deconstructs it, amplifying the sadism to strong-arm a response from the listener. Roughly translating the lyrics, the song deals with themes of a car crash and the inevitability of some situations reaching a singular conclusion: ruin. The violent themes are expressed with an unnerving amount of detachment as the protagonist acts as a spy in the house of love and death. Davidson is a master of her tools: often they will explode from oblique points in the listener’s periphery while being anchored by another line-- jarring like an automobile accident.
Un Autre Voyage is out April 14 on Holodeck Records. Tour dates after the jump.
Holodeck is a young label. So far, it's limited existence has been devoted to spreading the music of a small group of people, unintentionally crafting a thorough aesthetic in the process. Projects like Survive and Troller cop a pallette and melodic structure from some hazy memory of the '80s, yet these musicians are not simple nostalgists. Even though Holodeck founder, Jon, will allude to a lack of intent in the selection of certain synth patches and sonic fidilites, it's impossible to ignore what these choices signify. Perhaps what Jon Slade is driving at-- as best exemplified by the affiliated, but unsigned Pure X-- is that these are the best tools for the clan to communicate sincerely through this abstract thing we call music.
Ad Hoc: So Holodeck is a year old now?
Jon Slade: Correct, our first release was april 30 last year, but I guess we were technically existing at this point a year go-- so yeah about a year old.
It seems rare that a truly sinister band comes from Texas. Maybe it's the brisket, maybe it's the Shiner Bock, maybe it's the high school football-- the Republic doesn't have much use for dark vibes. Geography alone makes Troller's dusty synths and minor-key melodies unique. Led by Adam Jones of Survive, their self-titled debut is decidedly lofi, but in the sense that it just sounds plain old. The gated snares and sawtooth bass evoke the early days of industrial and cold wave-- see the exemplary "Tiger"-- with the band shifting into voltage-controlled scapes that sound plucked from private press records found in thrift shops. Between the sonics and the cover art, this album could be mistaken for exactly one of those discoveries.
The newly-minted Holodeck originally released Troller on cassette last April. Today, they reissue it on vinyl in collabortion with Light Lodge. Check it out below.