When Brendan O’Keefe announced his next Cuticle record would be titled in the spirit of previous 4-word acronym masterpieces – RHCP’s Blood Sugar Sex Magik, what’s her name’s Love Angel Music Baby, etc – we were instantly on board. Add Mother Rhythm Earth Memory to this illustrious tradition.
From minute one it’s evident this is a new Cuticle creature – gone is the compressed, post-noise overdrive of Confectioner’s Beats, replaced by gleaming fiber optic resonance. “Liquid Crystal Drink (Pour My Dream)” sets the mood: synthetic funk swathed in echo keys and computer-smeared vocoder submerged in a gurgling pool of circuitry, like Herbie Hancock teleported to the Tron mainframe. Elsewhere there’s cyber-jungle dub (“Document Leak”), waterfall temple healing music (“Trickle”), even a fucking Baronic Wall cover (“Night Of Romance”). A mesmerizing outpost of sonic schisms and visions from one of the weirder colonies in the hidden confederation of alien electronics. Black vinyl LPs in jackets with hypercolor emulsion artwork by Andreas Ervik, plus a photocopied insert.