Coin Gutter

All Your Dreams Are Meaningless

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This first label release by the Vancouver duo Coin Gutter offers a selection of new tracks and remastered highlights from their previous self-released CDRs. This is a peculiar form of experimental electronica that has one foot in the less-glitchy ambiences of the Mego roster (Florian Hecker, Pita) and another in post-industrial drones (think Cranioclast or Maeror Tri). The album begins with "Lift With the Knees," almost 37 minutes long. A mood-shifting piece, it rewards repeated attentive listens, but one wonders if it couldn't have been shortened or at least split into three separate tracks. Its drifting, elongated ideas make a nice contrast, though, with the seven sharper-focused pieces following it. Among them is "Lullaby": a slowed-down voice croons the intro, followed by a piano/voice lieder (not recognized by this reviewer) given the CD-skipping treatment. The piece appears childish at first (anyone can rewind or fast-forward on a CD player, right?), but paired with the intro and the other electronics wrapped around it, it exerts a strange fascination. The dark "Timewise" provides another highlight. The disc concludes with the 12-minute "Southern Yukon/Northern BC (And Perhaps Parts of Alaska)." Beginning as an abstract glitchy construction, it builds up to an infernal finale of digital noise, leaving the listener stunned.