STATIC HYMNS: Auguries of Spark and Wire: CS

You know that annoying squeaking sound you get when you rub your hands around a balloon? That’s how this tape opens. I was not into it, but I stuck with it and was rewarded with a wildly diverse sequence of bleeps and bloops and other electronic noises layered over random samples and film clips. One of the tunes is built on a foundation of one of my favorite scenes from the movie Street Trash, which I love. Another is a weird, fuzzed-out march over “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by the Beach Boys (which I also love). A worthwhile listen for those who enjoy the noisier side of electronic music. –Emma Alice Johnson (Self-released, statichymns.bandcamp.com)