Container

LP [2015]

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Ren Schofield's third full-length for Spectrum Spools (all of which are titled LP) distills the noise veteran's abrasive techno project Container to its essence. Previous albums featured slowly building Dan Bell-like techno tracks laced with feedback, and often featuring a paranoid-sounding looped vocal sample. Many of his older tracks also stretched past the five-minute mark, sometimes reaching ten minutes, but 2015's LP is much more concise. All of the record's seven tracks fit under five minutes, and most of them have the punk-like immediacy and fast tempos of previous tracks like "Overflow" and "Refract," or the majority of 2014's Adhesive EP. Schofield still has an obsession with industrial-strength one-word titles ("Appliance," "Peripheral"), although titles like "Cushion" and "Absorb" suggest that safety is on his mind. His tracks are put together like machines that purposefully seem to have misplaced parts, causing them to sputter or give off sparks, but they always work exactly the way he intends them to. Tracks like "Eject" are equally aggressive and giddy, and even the track that seems to have the most straightforward club-ready tempo ("Cushion") has waves of trippy electronic oscillations, along with piercing noise bursts and siren-like tones. "Calibrate" starts out with a stuttering hip-hop beat before being piledriven with rusty-gear noise loops, and even taps into a juke-like double-time beat. All of Container's recordings are amazing, but this one is his most concentrated burst of energy yet, and it cements his status as one of the most exciting and inventive artists in the underground American electronic music scene, as well as one of the most successful in merging noise with techno.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:10
2
4:54
3
4:45
4
3:25
5
4:23
6
3:15
7
3:00
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