Kit Clayton vs. Safety Scissors
Kit Clayton vs. Safety Scissors present Ping Pong, a brief EP packed with 36 tracks. Here is an equally brief description of how it sounds:
- Ping Pong Balls
- 8-bit Melody, two voices spelling the word “Bingo,” suddenly inundated by sampled percussion, namely the clicks of ping pong balls.
- The trademarked sound of malfunctioning electronics.
- More of that.
- Glitches turn into another video game-styled melody, with abrasive percussion and cut-up vocals for textural benefit. More ping pong sounds.
- Noisy guitar sounds over similar tonal palette.
- Ping Pong Balls.
- 15 seconds of static cracks.
- A MIDI organ sound playing octaves, with a voice emulating a ping pong game in stereo sound.
- An intro to track 11.
- A pop song, with a similar palette to earlier tracks, this time with a more discernable vocal track.
- Introduction to track 13.
- A rather exotic beat for six seconds.
- Very snappy, danceable IDM track. Similar instruments, though mixed with a bit more sharpness.
- Cut-Up Vocals
- Pitch shifting samples from a game of ping pong.
- Very dramatic rendering of ideas thus far expressed on the album Ping Pong. Bring together pong and ping pong in fragmented musical form. For 18 minutes.
- Reversed sounds.
- Abrasive percussive and 8-bit sounds fade into an acoustic guitar melody, which subsequently becomes abrasive again.
- Glitch sounds.
- Voices, electronics. Like The Boredoms with a laptop, maybe.
- A capella.
- Casio keyboard executed Steve Reich-like loop pattern.
- As if to show the album is running out of time, low-on-time video game music.
- Here’s yet another whimsical fragment, thematically in-step with the album.
- A particularly Safety Scissors-sounding track. A heavily digitized pop song. Full of skips, repeats, panning, glitches, bizarre percussive sounds, and a relatively nice melody.
- Introduction to 31.
- Dramatic videogame reminiscent of Toccata.
- More Noise.
- More nice stuff, i.e. Casio + household percussion.
- More Noise.
- Where track 29 was decidedly referential to 1980s New Wave, Track 35 is more informed by lounge music.
- Game over.
If this review comes across as either needlessly quirky, too brief to make a point, or is just plain dull by Number 7, then I’ve made my point.
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