Exploded View by Colin Andrew Sheffield & James Eck Rippie


Colin Andrew Sheffield & James Eck Rippie | Exploded View
Elevator Bath (CD/DL)

Out of one of our Texan sister cities, Austin, comes the latest from Colin Andrew Sheffield & James Eck Rippie. Exploded View runs just shy of twenty minutes, but for a short EP packs a gentle wallop. Imbued with trickling micro-sounds that whir and dot the scape, this has all sorts of textural elements and effects that meander with impactful motion.

In what develops into something of an industrial generator, the machine is actively grinding away. But is this an organ grinder, or a nuanced roastery of some sort? Escaping are some bleary-eyed, ballgame halftime cadences tattered like an old warped 78 with a wonky needle. And though quite playful, this is not childlike at all – in fact it sounds more like an unfulfilled rescue mission that spun out of control early on. And that’s not a bad thing.

The duo is defining the edges of some kind of cracked landscape. By way of metallic resonance you can hear chords changing pitch, however non-musical it may seem at times – it’s partially for the thrill of the way in which a fusion of noise lingers, and leaves its impression in its wake. The pitch wavers into a near psychedelic range about 3/4s through, and if you stick with it your body might react, like releasing a built-up static tension.

Many listeners will get the feeling of detachment, and this is likely the recipe of their “exploded view” as such. But it requires one to sit through from its start to its conclusion, and some may not – I’d reckon those who leave halfway through will miss the point. These ears are stimulated, though only fully within the final five minutes when I’m synced – they tease this sense of resolve until the wee end.

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