Lovebrrd/Su Sous Toulouse En Rouge – Split (C20, Lava Church Records)

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Lovebrrd and Su Sous Toulouse En Rouge both offer one track per side on this split of unconventional electronics. Lovebrrd we’ve covered before; lots of synths, samples, and drones are the items that project utilizes. Su Sous Toulouse En Rouge is one-half of The Uh… and his partner, and on this set they deliver a weird mixture of funky beats, harsh noise walls, and other interconnected samples.

The first side is Lovebrrd with “Coasting,” which starts out with a number of different recordings from answering machines and a macabre synth. None of the samples seem disturbing or upsetting – one simply states, “Give me a call back, I’d just like to know where to send your check” – so it’s difficult to tell what is meant by using these messages, but once they stop Lovebrrd hits with a huge wave of harsh noise. It seems to be led by a scream, but static crackles and the hammer of enhanced organs take over, with small breaks opening up for some drone. It’s an interesting and cacophonous entry for this split.

On side B is Su Sous Toulouse En Rouge with “Margo Darling at the Treasure Island Funk Center.” The title, I would venture to guess, is a play on Treasure Island Fun Center in Florida, and it kind of helps to put the track in context. It starts with a vocal sample and a short harsh noise wall, a large beautiful slab of static, then switches to a recording of a water fountain. That’s kind of the sound that the Treasure Island Fun Center has on its website, although I might be trying to find connections where there aren’t any. After the water sample, a looping, bass-heavy ditty plays, one you might hear at old movies where the screen states, “Your movie will be playing shortly!” The middle portion of “Margo Darling” is a reverb-heavy slice of electronics – it almost sounds like a recording of someone yelling, echoing heavily. The track ends with another rhythmic song, this time quite catchy with its guitars. I fail to see the seams that hold all of these different movements together, but they’re still fun to listen to as pieces.

It’s an effective split all around; Lovebrrd offers up quite a harsh ten minutes while Su Sous Toulouse En Rouge plays with what they can do with longer-form tracks by breaking theirs up into movements. If you like weird, instrument-heavy noise, this split on Lava Church is for you.

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