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peterMann: On the Go
In Carpal Tunnel's own words, On the Go, the follow-up to the 2010 peterMann collection Init, is an “aural report, … a trip through unexplored territories.” More specifically, its ten untitled tracks add up to forty-four minutes of insectoid microsound explorations. As fashioned by Carpal Tunnel co-founder Anna Xambó under the peterMann alias, On the Go, the label's fourth release, presents an uncompromising zone of raw, low-frequency noises generated by primitive machinery, muffled field recordings, and diseased life forms. Nowhere is that better documented than in the fifth piece, where the chatter of sub-aquatic organisms appears amidst wayward scrapes and crackle and within a cryptic, industrial dronescape. The ninth likewise embeds convulsive vocalizations by some mutant species within an equally convulsive setting of smears and clicks.
There are beats of a kind but they more crawl and heave than glide with the kind of celebratory robustness one associates with club music. The tracks also ignore certain conventions: while there are melodies, they're hardly the kind that lodge themselves in one's head, and any hint of narrative arc is eschewed for a more steady even-keeled flow. Though the temperature is ice-cold and the feel thoroughly isolationist, On the Go does appeal, albeit in some perverse way. The material carves out a unique, zombie-fied space for itself within an ever-expanding landscape of musical genres and mutations, and there's certainly no denying that within that space room enough should be allowed for Carpal Tunnel's distinctive brand of creeping hermeticism.