Catalog Number: SP-74
Machines are capable of expressing synthetic emotion. They can learn. They can teach. 11H60’s self-titled debut shows that there’s still a bit of heart left in machines, too. While there is certainly some mysterious, anonymous presence (read: producer) behind these fried and sprawling tones, this could be the sound of machines processing love the only way they know how. And while it’s inherently inhuman, it’s entirely sincere. A-side meditation “Lapin Démago” features unadulterated exploration of abstract textures, asymmetric coincidences, and prolonged epiphanies. The piece slowly and organically forms its loose shape in bracken-like fronds of sound. Chords strobe into the air, flashing pointillistic suggestions of harmony and contrast. Those glorious resonances bounce off of one another like computer-generated patches, each one blooming in calculated charm. The B-side’s “Cervidé” offers more optimistic, celebratory modes of computational glee. Looped snippets of sound cycle throughout one another in a kaleidoscope of epiphany-inducing noise. It seems the machines have plenty more to share. All we have to do is listen.
Limited edition of 100. Imprinted, red cassette with fold-out j-card and download card. Art by Adam Meyer.