1A Bad Psychic
Instrumentation, Vocals, and Composition by Liv Mershon. Recording, Production and Mastering by Jon Erich Booth in Bloomington, Indiana.
See Me No More 4:42
1B Diva 93
Written and performed by Jessica Buns. Recorded by Trent Urness at Blank Wall Recording in Minneapolis.
Bury The Sins 3:13
Heart Is Heavy 4:38
2A Sara Century
Sara Century did everything herself and recorded vocals on a zoom in a car.
I Wanna Go Where the People Are 3:51
Does No Compute 3:10
I Got A Girlfriend In Canada (But We’re Open If You Are) 3:42
I Wait For No One 3:24
2B Syko Friend
Written and performed by Sophie Weil, recorded by Steve Earnest in St. Paul, MN
Tupelo’s Tell 3:16
Fly Canyon 8:31
Art by Alex Micallef
is Liv Mershon, a multi-media artist from Bloomington, Indiana. Her dark synth, full-length witch masterpiece “Soon” was released on Sygil Records in 2014.
is the bitchy, lusty, rusty vocal+synth+bad beats project of Jess Buns from Minneapolis. Influenced by queer and DIY aesthetics as much as Mariah Carey, she has been releasing tapes of her music for years and is also in the band Yoni Yum.
is a queer independent multimedia artist strongly informed by punk, comic books, pulp heroes, art house cinema, and the avant-garde. Her art is fueled by equal parts feminism and dark humor. Her music has been released on Tinyamp Records, and she is currently based in Seattle.
is the solo project of Minneapolis-based Sophie Weil. With sloppy guttural guitar and clumsy finger styling, her tempered temper tantrum is the lump in your throat you buried a long time ago. Her full-length album “Problem Child” came out on Mind Rider Records in 2015, reinventing grunge by making it personal, meditative, and hypnotizing.
“Chicago label Hairy Spider Legs must throw great parties, if their new “Party Music” double cassette is any indication. A four-way split release uniting artists from Seattle, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Bloomington, Indiana, “Party Music” takes you on a sonic soiree from the beat-oriented fun of the early evening to blankets of guitar feedback perfect for keeping you warm on the couch overnight.
Each artist takes a side of this split, and we launch with Bad Psychic, whose opening tune starts with a relaxed sort of vibe that takes on a driving double-time feel when the drums take over. The assertive basses of “See Me No More” vibe nicely with sweeping synths and hard-hitting chorus vocals, like Gary Numan sitting in with The Contortions. On the B-side, Diva 93 opens with the great “Punish/Abandon/Reward”, which contrasts uneffected tribal-sounding drums with cosmically tweaked vocals. Her other 2 tunes are filled out with pensive synth work and nimble vocals, making the vibe of the first tape an interesting blend of no-wave and new-wave approaches.
Things get weirder on the second cassette:Sara Century turns in four playful tunes with slinky chromatic riffs trapped in lots of reverb and delay. My fave of her jams, “I Wait For No One,” uses a good measure of distortion on a percussion loop that takes on a bit of pitch content in its overdriven fuzziness, with mostly spoken vocals lurking in the shadows. These tunes are all considerably more low-fi than the rest of the album, though, which definitely has its vibe, but I wish the vocals were a little higher in these mixes–there are cool things happening with the lyrics, but I can’t quite make them out.
Syko Friend takes over the last side of the album with a pair of wild pieces that are my favorite kind of Party Music. “Tupelo’s Tell” uses tons of reverb and delay with whispered and moving-liquid sounds. Looped/manipulated sections start to take shape, teasing toward a “tune”, but the piece stays a little nebulous. And “Fly Canyon” turns into an unexpectedly rad out-guitar jam. There’s definitely a song form in the canyon, and vocals periodically reach upward in the mix, but this becomes a great noise guitar workout, with layers of amp-melting textures letting the song peek through and decisively blanketing it again.” – Scott Scholz, Tabs Out
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