Cyberchump are a new indie band whose quirky electronic tuneage deserve some serious attention.
CYBERCHUMP Flutter and Flow (DDL on Internal Combustion )
This release from 2013 features 48 minutes of quirky electronic music.
Cyberchump is: Jim Skeel (on warm guitar, keyboards, field recordings, loops, time stretching and other manipulations) and Mark G.E. (on bass, angular guitar, keyboard, accordion, weird sound generator and loops). They are joined on certain tracks by: Jeanne Marie Vielleux (on voice) and J. Karl Bogartte (on Uilleann pipes).
Quirky electronics, striking guitar, and agile e-perc produces a selection of lively electronic tunes.
The first track allows strong guitar and ponderous bass to usher in accompanying rhythms, at which point the guitar notes begin to bend amid a fog of droning keyboards.
In the next piece snappy e-perc and twirling tonalities conspire with dreamy keyboards, until strident guitar enters the mix to boost everything skywards.
Followed by a song in which cranking gears and spinning wheels are attended by thumping beats. Eventually, piercing electronics emerge to flourish and provide a stage for guitar sustains.
Track four offers a chorus of bell-tones and deeper drones in tandem with some tribal rhythms, leading to the sneaky rise of a treated voice dogged by shrill effects and a bass rumble. Some guitar embellishment appears s things all sloosh together.
A shorter piece, track five pursues a realm of gritty mechanical devices. The clanking is punctuated by sweeping clouds and guitar notes of a penetrating nature.
The next piece (the longest on the album, at nearly 13 minutes) features piercing tones trying to drown out a thumping impact that swiftly expands into a complex tempo of blooping beats. Additional electronic threads seep into the mix, thickening everything until a twangy guitar can offer a slithery melody. Some regal keyboards strike in the background, lending the flow a certain nobility.
For the final song, a more somber attitude is adopted, as guitars grind out spiraling chords and a pensive bassline winds through a nest of extended keyboard tones.
A satisfying excursion into a realm of weirdness, where melodies are crafted from edgy sounds.
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