Comet Of Any Substance

Comet Of Any Substance

Comet Of Any Substance

Full Of Seeds, Bursting With Its Own Corrections


Give a man a Walkman, and he can rock out until the battires go flat. Give him a synthesizer, and he can bemuse an audience until they look around nervously, not wanting to be the first to leave. This odd electronic project appeared in my inbox with very little of the press info or the band photos the usually accompany a new record. I was just lucky enough to get a graphic for this project, it’s the bluish blob that looks a bit like cartoon bacteria floating in a petri dish of agar agar. Clearly, this band is too cool for school. A grand total of eight tracks inhabit this earthly shell, all burdened with mystical metaphorical titles: “A True Order of Values, “After the Hidden Abode,” and my retro favorite “Semaphore Operator.” And like punk rock, the tracks are all short with most clocking in at less than 2 minutes.

At first the project sounds like modulated noise, undersea “found” audio, and a mis-tuned analog synthesizer. But there are rhythms, there are melodies, and watching my little win amp oscilloscope window show the group really likes pure tones, but they do tend to distort them. Sonar beeps, giants farting, a class on framing carpentry all float by in the ether surrounding me. I’m really into the drum solo (metaphorically) on “Semaphore,” this is the synth solo piece, its just shy of 3 minutes, and oddly, it even feels long. This album may be an acquired taste, it’s a quicky experiment, but one thing is for sure: It does NOT have a good beat, and you cannot dance to it.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Recently on Ink 19...

  • Tom Tom Club
    Tom Tom Club

    The Good The Bad and the Funky (Nacional). Review by Julius C. Lacking.

  • Barnes & Barnes
    Barnes & Barnes

    Pancake Dream (Demented Punk Records). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Jeremiah Lockwood
    Jeremiah Lockwood

    A Great Miracle: Jeremiah Lockwood’s Guitar Soli Chanukah Album (Reboot). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Metallica: The $24.95 Book
    Metallica: The $24.95 Book

    From an underground band that pioneered the thrash metal sound, to arguably the biggest rock act in the new millennium, Metallica has had a long and tumultuous history. Ben Apatoff scours a myriad of sources to catalog this history in his new book.

  • Araceli Lemos
    Araceli Lemos

    Shortly after AFI Fest 2021 wrapped, Generoso spoke at length with director, Araceli Lemos about her award-winning and potent feature debut, Holy Emy. Lemos’s film uses elements of body horror in her story about the exoticization of two Filipina sisters living in Greece and how that exploitation creates a distance between them.

  • Southern Accents 55
    Southern Accents 55

    A woofin’ good time with cuts from Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Delta Moon and more from KMRD 96.9, Madrid, New Mexico!

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

    Absurdism with a healthy dose of air conditioning.

  • Mixtape 172 :: My Old Bassist
    Mixtape 172 :: My Old Bassist

    Like pre-teens throwing every liquid into the kitchen blender and daring each other to drink the results, Woody and Jeremy fuse all manner of sounds legitimate and profane into some murky concoction that tastes surprisingly good.

  • Demons/Demons 2
    Demons/Demons 2

    Synapse Films reissues Lamberto Bava’s epic ’80s gore-filled movies Demons and Demons 2 in beautiful new editions.

  • Sylvie Courvoisier and Mary Halvorson
    Sylvie Courvoisier and Mary Halvorson

    Searching for the Disappearing Hour (Pyroclastic Records). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

From the Archives