DECAYCAST Reviews: RICHARD GUMBY “mem’ree coil” Cassette (Crass Lips Records, 2017)
Big boatload of tapes just arrived from Crass Lips Records, Miami based home imprint cranking out dozens of releases monthly operating mainly outside of the mainstream bore patterns of music industry hogshit. There’s a plethora of noise, experimental, punk, lo fi pop , garage et al plastered throughout the labels discography, which you can take a peek at here at their bandcamp .
The casuality the label takes is a refreshing return to almost a tape trading aesthetic where inserts don’t really fit, home xeroxed art crammed into recycled cases, but the music is the message,not the medium. In an era where everything is deluxe this and that, it’s nice to see a label taking a more primitive approach. The Richard Gumby cassette which arrived, which I believe to be self titled covers thirty or so minutes of mangled, floating, ballooning deconstructed pop music blending spoken word, home brewed collage and sampling techniques between fuzzy, whined vocals not so far off from a natural blending of pre Spacemen 3 outtakes, early John Dwyer era pop punk, and even a country-ish influenced ballad to boot, which could easily spark the interest of an early Silver Jews fan or two, on Richard Gumby, even within a certain song, a number of artistic pop styles are buzzed through almost like primitive radio scanning needle techniques at times even at a near feverish pace, and the fidelity and pacing lend the listener ‘a chair in the room at the end of the hall’- style voyeuristic approach to this quaint, lush, mangled and warped pop songs. For a short tape, Gumby covers a wide range of vocal and instrumentation styles oscillation between lush, dreamy pop and broken whirring slightly out of key music boxes, tastefully used percussion and synth, with even some noise/glitch sections to boot, with a surprise double bass break down with chopped/screamed vocals and some pretty intense screams to boot for an album that boasts mostly pop offerings Honestly, sort of a hard to classify release, check it out for yourself here. Weird stuff. We can say for sure haven’t heard much like it. Check the track, “Simon Said”