Rummaging through a veritable dusty attic of creaks, groans, tinkles and tumbles, Eli Keszler has poured all manner of sounds into a cauldron already bubbling with scraped guitar strings and loose drum-bothering for this lengthy exercise in sound crafting. While these compositions may not be the most relaxing of listens, there's no arguing with the sheer scale of the production. Every tiniest detail is beautifully rendered, with the spacing in the mix wielded for a startling impact which finds these swarms of noise daggering into your head like acupuncture needles. Utterly fascinating as per usual from PAN.
On the basis of this Minimal Wave release, the hugely prolific output of German artist Felix Kubin and his undoubted eccentric nature is swamped by his musical precocity. Teenage Tapes collates some twelve tracks Kubin recorded in his adolescent years after acquiring a Korg MS-20 synthesizer as an 11 year old, with six of them exclusive to this release. Regular collectors of Minimal Wave output will recognise Kubin - a self styled messenger of exploding lungs who rules the "syndicate of counter-noise" - from "Japan, Japan" his contribution to the Minimal Wave Tapes Vol 2 compilation released earlier this year, and that short burst of furiously uptempo, whacked out electro punk opens this compilation, setting the tone for what to expect. As with most Minimal Wave releases, the way Kubin's nascent musical ideas are indelibly tied to the musical motifs of contemporary electronic sounds proves to be enduringly fascinating, more so given how young he was when these recordings were made!