DECAYCAST Reviews: sp3ctr3s “micro doses” Cassette (Histamine Tapes, 2018)
Histamine Tapes focuses on small, intimate batches of reused / recycled cassettes from a variety of artists and “sp3ctr3s” seems to, like much of the early output on the label, sit somewhere in the anxious realm between sound / music / noise / anti noise / flipped guitars. “micro doses” offers subtle breaths of experimental guitar tones, gentle layers of encrypted tones and gentle flutterings of birthing sounds: the nylon stringed arpeggios ring in the cochlear as the listener begins a plucked, shimmering journey through psychedelic guitar works. Each dosage increases and the listener becomes more detached from their body, floating, breathing at an off-pace as the body adjusts to a tone poem of tripped out washes of sound.
It’s unclear if I’ve been now dosed from touching the tape, but each sounds rings for a an infinite amount of decays until the wave warps itself in such a distorted manner that it can no longer be distinguished as itself. Each track offers its own interpretation of granular synth chopping and slicing the subtleties in texture and form of different interpretations of the acoustic guitar in all of it’s bends, folds, twists, contortions, and decays.
The more layered tracks such as “.05mg ( 06:47 )” mix low, dark, frog-like reversals twisting peaks and troughs of mutilated voice, string, and percussion like soft corners of a dull, forgotten blade inside the inner ear. Other pieces such as .07mg 05:35 offer a more muted, cinematic structure focusing on a single progression rather than a constant flex of tone and shape. Overall a subtle yet strong collection of granular experiments. Look forward to digging into more offerings from Histamine Tapes