Holodeck Records present: Troller
As we are currently planning our across-country trip to Austin, New Orleans, Nashville and New York, I thought it only fitting that I write about some music that has come our way because of our previous visit to Texas.
Holodeck Records, based partly in the 'Slowpump House' in Austin, Texas, are one of our valued friends here in the vast chasm that is the music world. They produce and sign a lot of mainly ambient, instrumental electronic music, the kind that appeals to the cassette buying, home-studio-dwelling artist that has that appreciation for minimalist soundscapes. They have some wonderful artists on board, most of whom are fairly experimental and lyric-less, but do have the occasional band or artist that could be said to be more 'commercially friendly'. A release that has done very well and I am currently enjoying in my ears is Troller.
The vinyl they printed for this album sold out, which means they've decided to press a whole new batch, accompanied with that androgynous axe-wielding creature (snaked from an old 70s magazine cover) on the front cover.
Delicious and dark, this album ranges from the broodingly catchy to the hauntingly deep. There are vocals (rare for Holodeck releases) but they are warbled and reverberated to create a psychedelic and kaleidoscopic landscape of sounds.
If it's your kind of thing, head on over to the Holodeck store to grab yourself a copy. I personally think it's the perfect soundtrack to walking home drunk at 2am freaking yourself out that someone is following you like you're in a Stephen King novel.