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Artist: IDEA FIRE COMPANY
Title: The Synthetic Elements
Format: LP
Label: Crisis of Taste
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"Crisis of Taste is thrilled to offer The Synthetic Elements, a new LP by stalwarts of the outré Avant Garde, Idea Fire Company. For the better part of three decades Karla Borecky and Scott Foust have charted their own distinct course through the choppy waters of the experimental underground, their only interaction with the countless flash in the pan trends whipping passed their sails being a direct refutation of them. Often enjoying the company of a number of like-minded champions of the cause, The Synthetic Elements sees the core duo of Borecky and Foust continuing the reductive tactics of their most recent ‘chamber music period, as heard on landmark albums Music from the Impossible Saloon (Kye, 2011) and Lost at Sea (Recital, 2015), whilst simultaneously expanding the infrastructure towards new heights of grandeur. An intoxicatingly playful, yet hopeless atmosphere is established through deceptively simple conversations between Boreckys stately, withering piano phrasing and Fousts dicey, yet assured treatments for synth, radio, guitar and occasionally more discreet sources. The looping artificial pieces that open and close each side (harkening back to 1999s Anti Natural) seal up shop with no hope for escape. Another superb IFCO record, it is as simple and complex as all such a statement suggests. The Synthetic Elements arrives in an edition of 300, black vinyl w/ full color, Borecky-designed sleeves, expertly mastered by Grammy-nominated producer Zupe. “The Sinking Ship” hasnt sunk just yet." - Crisis of Taste.

Artist: T.D.
Title: Violence as Sport
Format: Cass
Label: Crisis of Taste
Country: USA
Price: $4.00
“There is little controversy in suggesting that all that music consists of, essentially, is structured sound, and sound, to skirt its physics for want of both competency and space, represents the audible portion of an elapsed period. It has also been well established and explored that once one presents a work, regardless of medium, within the context of art, framing immediately occurs, separating the result from that which belongs to the natural order of things. And what of the Avant Garde’s oldest muse, the distinction/interaction between life and art? Even that which we label “non-fiction” or “documentary” is, at best, a tiny sliver of an infinitely complex substantiality. Indeed, these ideas are far from novel and, if handled awkwardly, would serve as tired, even mawkish premises for any aesthetic endeavor. So it follows: "Out of reaction...a step forward."With this position in mind we arrive at the inaugural release on  Crisis of Taste, Violence as Sport: Audile Realizations of Atrophying Reality. Field recordings of deliberate nature and intent are shaped live, alongside tapes, environmental manipulations and microphone work, into six crude, lacing fragments chronicling processes of aural intoxication and abstraction, the tangible waning in muddled strands. Implicit through purposeful sequencing is a subtle critique of the concepts of verity and “authenticity” in the art object. Although trading in what some may justly declare egg-headed currencies, of which its maker’s grasp is admittedly tenuous, receptive listeners should find value based purely on musical merit, particularly if they hold self-taught means of "reality confrontation" analogous to RLW/S.B.O.T.H.I., hewn collage tactics of the sort employed by Kiyoshi Mizutani or dedication to the minimally edited, yet often alluringly alien sound worlds of Philip Corner, in high esteem. Imagine all this assembled under, say, Hans Krusi’s shaky gaze; if you haven’t thrown up in your mouth yet then what we have here may be in your wheelhouse.” - Crisis of Taste.
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Artist: VANITY OF THE TONGUE
Title: Reality Fantasies
Format: LP
Label: Crisis of Taste
Country: USA
Price: $14.00
“Hailing from the economically depressed wilds of Eastern Pennsylvania, a “remade/re-modeled” Vanity of the Tongue (few may recognize them from two micro-run cassettes of crudely recorded bass, guitar, rhythm box and wholesale negativity under different moniker) return as full band to deliver a debut long player as ambitious as it is confounding. Devised over countless budget pints at the Chicken Lounge, West Allentowns premier nite flight destination, Reality Fantasies consists of four well-considered portraits of bleak, modern existence, contrasted with drastic re-workings of song-as-source material. Eschewing implicit conservatism and convention in favor of a disorienting palette that places it in conversation with such time-tested classics of hardcore confusion as Disease is Relative, Psychedelic Inferno and Language of a Dying Breed (“conversation,” get it?), the focus on reorganization and self-reference draws as much from the likes of Unser Debut à Sechs, M.B. c. S.F.A.G. 81 or Lucier-esque pure sound experiments as it does any outfit associated with the making of aggressive, song-based music. Destined to become an apogee of no-scene hardcore punk (if not in this day, then perhaps when lizards return to walk Earth upright and discover it buried among the grounds of Denver International Airport), Reality Fantasies stands on a plane of its own contrivance, celebrating a Future of complete sound freedom whilst engaging in a hapless trawl through the decadence destined to rip mankind to pieces. Are you a slave man or a pet boy? Do you revel in pig shit? Listen and have such important questions answered.” - Crisis of Taste.

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