INFRA ED: Electromagnetic Radiation: CD

Jul 20, 2021

I’ll be up front—I judge things based on their covers. Books, records, et cetera. I think it’s pretty impossible to not have a knee-jerk reaction to cover art and make assumptions about the content inside. With this CD, I fully expected it to be terrible. It looks so generic and slapped together. I played it and not only was it not that bad; parts of it were even listenable. I know, high praise right? The insert says this is a “collection of glorified demos” which were done in order to learn digital recording. It also says this record is an even split of six originals and six covers, yet there are fourteen tracks on the release. The math just doesn’t add up. From what I can tell, I think this is a one man band situation. All the references to Infra Ed are in the third person and other musicians are only credited on two songs. Infra Ed says they are influenced by Frank Zappa, Prince, and Todd Rundgren. The covers are of Ty Segall, composer Richard Strauss, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Graham Bond, and the Beatles. Definitely not styles that I care for or am much interested in. –Kayla Greet (P.I.G., [email protected] / Little Mafia / Moribund)