4 July 2011

REVIEW | HAIRMAIDEN OF THE TOTEM ROBE - DRAWS THE OF BYGONE

Byron Hayes | Foxy Digitalis

This collaborative project between Floridian sound manglers Xiphiidae and Royallen has birthed a handful of barely-there cassette artifacts for labels such as Cloud Valley and Slime City Tapes, along with Xiphiidae’s own Housecraft imprint. I say “barely there,” because they appear to be available in editions that are sub-microscopic. You have to be nimble to get your hands on a copy. And once again, we have an all-too-limited reel, available in an edition of 61 – another tape for the “now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t” department. Act now!

The description from the label as “free-form electronic clatter” is certainly spot-on. Drop this beast into your deck and you’re treated to a couple of 10-minute brain-guzzlers that appear to be melted beyond oblivion. When a funnel cloud touches down in a trailer park, some react with dread. Hairmaiden of the Totem Robe, on the other hand, reach for their recording devices. I can almost imagine these guys looking at each other with shit-eating grins on their faces, telepathically telling themselves to “set phasers to ‘mind-fuck’!” Very intriguing, but if you’re looking for something soothing, cast your ears elsewhere.

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