"Fifth Gate" swings open to an alternate dimension—beyond the Pythagorean and the Platonic, beyond the shapes and forms that structure everyday cognition. On this final track from his latest record Gates and Variations, Northampton's Jake Meginsky convolutes a circular and corpuscular drone of motive and repetition. Visualized by Patrick Cain's sparse video, which plots the left and right channel audio, Meginsky's orbital sensorium burbles and gurbles on a denatured axis, its contours whorling in a nodular play of free particulars. The patterns that spill out of the conjunction here flicker and unfurl, affecting fleeting encounters and entangling topographies of tonality that linger just long enough to tickle the ear. The traces of sound Meginsky crafts and Cain transposes get stuck in: charged with concave resonances, they divvy up and coagulate, spitting points that spin and split into waves until they amass again. In this swirl of puncta, it's impossible not to get pricked.
Jake Meginsky is largely known for sowing seeds of fried, hypnotic percussion (see Slaughterhouse Percussion, with John Truscinski) and blurred, sample-obsessed electronics (under his own name and as Vapor Gourds). Now, following the recent and stunning LP on Bill Nace's Open Mouth imprint, the Northampton, Massachusetts producers highlights his rhythmic prowess again with a new set of vibrant subtlety on NNA Tapes. Appropriately titled Seven Psychotropic Sinewave Palindromes, the tape finds Meginsky blitzing through hyper-agile runs of magnified tones and double-speed, pointillistic rhythm. Best consumed in a single, 21-minute experience, the series jumps from peripheral, supersubtle tone studies to roving, caffeinated stabs of texture and blipping hysteria. It's as though a track from Mille Pleaux's classic Clicks and Cuts series refitted with a footwork lense. The video below, created by Patrick Cain, provides a fitting visual accompaniment to the second sinewave palindrome, dishing out a grey scale kaleidoscope of truly psychotropic paintings.
Seven Psychotropic Sinewave Palindromes is out now on NNA Tapes.
For the past decade, Jake Meginsky has charted a sordid course of experimental sounds from his Northampton base, be it on his own, under an assumed alias (Vapor Guards), or collaborating with like-minded outsiders Slaughterhouse Percussion (with percussionist extraordinaire John Truscinski) and X.O.4. (with Truscinski again, and Bill Nace). Now, Meginsky returns Vandals, a new LP under his given name on Nace's own Open Mouth imprint. "Human Grapes" highlights both the LP's emotional scope and Meginsky's penchant for playfully subversive low-ends and sweeping, primordial abstraction. The track makes its way swiftly and steadily through a series of subtly grotesque scenes, navigating each curious corridor and meditating on every unsettling display that reveals itself. Bass-heavy rhythms collapse and fold in on each other while shuffling, serrated textures and malfunctioning tones fill the air. It's a mesmerizing cycle that you can't help but get sucked into again and again.