Subject / Human Dance :: The (Almost) Insanely Happy EP (EE Tapes)

EE Tapes peer down a number of avenues—looking at electronics, industrial, synth wave and more. For some twenty-five years the label has been releasing sounds on the peripheries and here’s hoping it continues this tradition of quality explorations.

Subject / Human Dance 'The (Almost) Insanely Happy EP'

[Release page] The underworld of electronics is almost invisible in that it is predominately subterranean. Some labels live in the murk of the substrata. Since 1989 EE Tapes has been beavering away, releasing a twenty plus year stream of ambience, drone and synth. A label that has remained under the radar since its inception, EE Tapes has been a source of underground quality for over two decades.

The (Almost) Insanely Happy EP brings some vinyl to the recent proceedings. The split 7″ absorbs two artists, Subject and Human Dance. The trio of Subject and “Shitting On Top Of The World” opens. The track is saturated synth wave goodness. Simple and deep, balancing guitar with synth. Human dance offer up the next three, starting out with the unsettling “The Desert Call.” “Magikal Hystery Sour” follows, a powerful and considered piece. Synths arc across strings with a beat driven through the entirety—wonderful instrumental work. The flip begins with “Jethro, C’est Trop !!” A beautiful piece seeing, what sound, like wind pipes blending with an analogue backdrop. There is something of The Somnambulist to the track—it’s a curious composition, but it works. Subject return with “Monotone,” an epic instrumental with string and synth once more merging. The 7″ verges much more into the abstract realms of minimal synth, using the right equipment to search new avenues. The EP ends with “L’Utima Storia,” a spiralling piece of psyc-synth, whirling and disorientating with traditional sounds, haunting vocals and analogue apparitions.

EE Tapes peer down a number of avenues—looking at electronics, industrial, synth wave and more. For some twenty years the label has been releasing sounds on the peripheries and here’s hoping it continues this tradition of quality explorations.

The (Almost) Insanely Happy EP is available on EE Tapes. [Release page]

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