Profligate – Videotape 12″


The retirement of Noah Anthony’s Night Burger alias (as effected through his fade-to-grey RIP statement, Burnin’ Fast) dovetails fluidly into his latest/greatest burned mind industrial vehicle, Profligate. Named for an NB track off his What Happens Next? tape on Deception Island, Anthony’s new musical operational model retains the eerie bleakness and concrete atmospheres of his previous project but sculpts them into more maximal, dynamic constructions. Videotape is his 2nd vinyl release (after an excellent LP, Come Follow Me), and it expands his agenda with stark, menacing clarity. “Videotape” is a pummeling ascent of chugging drum machines, flatliner synth electricities, and strobe light sequencer details – like a digital bloodrush to the head you can almost dance to. The flip, “Conditioning Trench,” rides a buzzing dystopian bass-pulse strafed with vintage Roland claps and a paranoid midnight highway synth melody through a dubbed out void and into an exquisite vanishing point. Shadows of negative techno flash forth, but refracted through a rawer, more physical basement worldview. A bracing statement by a long-flickering light in American underground music. Recorded in Philadelphia, PA throughout 2011. Black vinyl 12 inches in jackets with ‘haunted roses’ portraiture artwork by Christine Jones, plus a photocopied insert. Edition of 365.

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