Tone Rec constructs, deconstructs, and then reconstructs music using the programming tools of techno. Over the course of three albums, the French foursome has mastered the tricks of turning a track sideways, upside down, and inside out. COUCY-PACK, its impressive third album, employs such desktop trickery to disorienting extremes.
"Brunswick Index" and "No Stock Media" are explicit in their groove-driven, glitch-laden design, but Tone Rec's craftiest manipulations are often far more insidious. Propulsive rhythms jitter, falter, and suddenly reverse direction. Voices and hints of melody sampled from damaged CDs surface in the mix, only to crystallize noisily, skip, or fizzle out like so much circuit-fried crackle. Scattered tones and beat clusters seem to seek structure one minute and dissipate the next. Caught between form and flux, the enigmatic "Parka Bodil," "Portable," "Discoglosse," and "A Mini Farcstt" find the faintest suggestion of order in the flickering of soft pulse-sounds.