Freezing Opening Thawing (ep)
Woe To The Septic Heart
Sam Shackleton returns with this three-track EP and the opener, the title track, bursts into life with darting lines. This is his first EP in nearly two years. And he seems to have found a bunch of new sounds to play with – but still the music seems to come from another place entirely, to have hallmarks of his previous techno-meets-dubstep play-things, all at once dark and disturbing but with happy, sometimes disco-esque/disco-edged pulses. Towards the end of the ten-minute opener we have hints of the Daft Punk from Giorgio By Moroder, if that song was carved up and clubbed out with no retro intention.
We go a bit Aphex Twin next, the creepy spoken-word starting of White Flower With Silvery Eye a sort of jerky, jittery, Come To Daddy offshoot; it’s a nice comedown from the startling, darting opener. Here cubes of bass are cut off and stacked up against the tinkering, before the percussion takes this towards its simple-groove conclusion.
Finally we have Silver Keys, it sits alone, just as the other two tracks do. Here we have the eventual lurking creep we know from some of Shackleton’s other music, almost horror-film score dressed up for a strange dance-floor outing.
Nothing binds these three tracks – but for the fact that they come from a curious, restless musical mind.
They might be the soundtrack to your nightmares, the start of a good night out or the chill-pill for after. They represent all of those options. And more.