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Golden Retriever :: Emergent Layer (NNA Tapes) CASSETTE With Download

$8 CAD
Golden Retriever :: Emergent Layer (NNA Tapes) CASSETTE With Download
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Golden Retriever :: Emergent Layer (NNA Tapes) CASSETTE With Download

$8 CAD
From the NNA Tapes Website:

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NNA029: Golden Retriever “Emergent Layer” c36

On “Emergent Layer,” Jonathan Sielaff’s melodic processed bass clarinet lines flow over Matt Carlson’s complex, swirling modular synth beds. The stereo field is used to it’s full capability, placing the listener in a physical torrent of electronic sound. Highly actualized and carefully placed music from this Portland, OR duo.

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Listen Here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVPOWz_AW9E

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Boomkat:

Amazing session of modular synth noise and treated clarinet from the intrepid Golden Retriever duo. Matt Carlson (Parenthetical Girls/Bonus) and Jonathan Sielaff expand the magical and unique sound of their five (highly limited) previous releases on Root Strata, Gift Tapes and more with 'Emergent Layer', blooming Sielaff's voluminous bass clarinet over dynamically complex and unpredictable modular synth tones. It's at once primal and super futurist, real-timed realizations of incredibly vivid and physically sculpted abstractions. The secret may be in Matt Carlson's stereo-wide processing and endlessly unfurling synth shapes, which restlessly, but sensitively uses all the space available to him, but equally the central feature is undoubtedly that Clarinet, balancing the human/machine equation with awe-inspiring celestial grace. Basically, it sounds about as close as you'll get to Oneohtrix Point Never jamming in a martian glade with Keith Fullerton-Whitman. If you don't own a tape player, you're seriously missing out on an experience. Highly recommended.

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Foxy Digitalis:

The instantly classic Portland duo of Matt Carlson and Jonathan Sielaff go at it again with this their latest tape and I think fourth overall outing.  Their first two CD-Rs were very good, but seemed to aspire to be simple outlets of pleasure without investing too much into the craft of the tracks.  I apologize to anyone if that was not the case.  However, I only make this statement because of what I hear differently on Emergent Layer.  I am immediately struck with the complexity without the complexity.  What I mean is that even though they don’t add any extra instruments but keep it stripped down to their only two means of expression, dot come analog modular synth and bass clarinet, it comes across as though they’ve really worked to develop these tracks and cultivate them as a good green thumb works to loving grow something beautiful.

Track one of Side A, Tumuli, begins with a morse code of dins, with the bass clarinet contrasting drastically and creating a flow in the midst of the flurry of digitized raindrops.  Then, Subsidence is a cloud of the smoothest of woodwind lines, which scoops you up and carries you to the most heavenly heights.  The synthy globs that unfold only add to the bliss of the moment here.  Side B kicks off with the much more mysterious Apsis.  Sielaff’s notes slowly poke their head out and then tiptoe gingerly.  Carlson contributes a general ambiance of careful trepidation.  The whole mood makes me consider the score of an opera as a character emerges onstage.  The weight of this track grows heavier as it plays out in full.  The final title track begins with a steady warble of artificial oasis while the bass clarinet guides us through with the most peaceful of tones.  Total chill out track so far.  Ahhhhh, pure refreshment.  The synth then fluctuates into the ebb and flow of long risings and fallings and Sielaff’s instrument starts to sound more like a sitar growing into a luscious layer of eastern spirituality.  It finally mellows and holds long serene notes.  Then everything melds together into one cohesively powerful drone.

This one’s an absolute gem that will get much play in my downtime.  Their best one yet.  It gets typical NNA treatment, looking uniform with other releases with slight variance in cover design.  I can always spot a NNA tape from a mile off.  Nice cassette labels though with a cool design.  Man, what a great freaking listen.  I’m looking forward to their new LP on Root Strata.  Watch for it!  Don’t miss anything these guys put out.

-Dave Miller

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Mimaroglu:

may 2011 release ; ... really, i could just live inside this music, its endlessly rich layer(ing)s of modular synthesizer & harmonized bass clarinet have, after a handful of amazingly high-quality releases over the past year (or so ; for root stratagift tapes, agents of chaos, and their own bucket factory),provedwithout a doubt, that these two guys are making some of the most rewarding real-timeelectronic music out there ...

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Eggy Records:

A definite perk of living is Portland is the chance to see Golden Retriever play on a semi-regular basis. The duo of Matt Carlson on modular synth and Jonathan Sielaff on bass clarinet occupy an interesting space in the current fringe scene, on the one hand leaning sometimes toward the kosmiche/kraut axis but on the other bringing to mind the New Music and DIY electronics of the 1970s, I'm thinking of David Behrman or Terry Riley. These recordings date to roughly a year ago and represent the band in their calmer early mode, with the two playing together with relative homogeneity to the more zonked territories I've seen them in most recently. Both modes are good, this stuff lending itself better to more relaxed listening. I think what really seals the deal for me with Golden Retriever is their willingness go right out there with a big bass clarinet or synth melody, which is to risk shattering the idyll of their pleasant cosmic-ness for the sake of creating something that goes somewhere, that doesn't just exist for its own sake. So it's great stuff, needless to say. And I'm looking forward to hearing recordings of their new material which goes further in carving out a new, weird zone that's all their own, which is all you can ask of a group, really. (I mean, if you've heard Carlson's solo music, you know that guy is going DEEP.) RECOMMENDED!

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