Irr. app. (ext.) has a tendency to reinvent itself from album to album. Released after the drony Ozeanische Gefühle, Perekluchenie comes back to the mutant psychedelic-slash- experimental ambient-slash-sound collage that made Dust Pincher Appliances so disturbingly unique. Is it a coincidence that irr. app. (ext.)'s first album for Beta-lactam Ring Records has a higher psychedelic ratio, which brings it somewhat closer to the Nurse with Wound ethos? Not necessarily, which does not mean that Perekluchenie is derivative in any way -- it is simply that, sound-wise and visual-wise, it feels right at home in BlRR's catalog. A disorienting aural journey, the album takes listeners through brief acid folk pastures with a touch of Krautrock interconnected by wide alien landscapes where chairs squeak on their own, voices exclaim at the most awkward moments, and drones seem to be the normal cries of abnormal creatures. The 16-minute "Hypothetical Tardigrade Resurrection, Pts. 4-6" goes through all that and manages to retain some form of cohesion in the process, going from strange to menacing in the last few minutes. But the highlight of this rather short set (39 minutes) is found in "Pts. 2-3" of the same suite, a hallucinogenic sound collage worth the price of admission alone. Less extreme than Dust Pincher Appliances, more substantial than Ozeanische Gefühle, Perekluchenie is musique concrète for the freak.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture