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ARTIST
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Eyes Pressed Against The Glass
FORMAT
LP

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BOP 024LP BOP 024LP
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RELEASE DATE
6/11/2021

Terminal 11 is Michael Castaneda (Phoenix, AZ). Over 20 years his output through labels like Cock Rock Disco, Phthalo and Hymen tattooed his place along the strange arm of North American producers whose vision for rhythmic complexity, timbral nuance and machine-controlled chaos saw the genre of breakcore develop and modify. Eyes Pressed Against The Glass is Terminal 11's new statement of intent. One in which the process of production has changed up for the first time in many years. Dropping habits, breaking cycles and learning new approaches to processing audio, artistic intent and emotion. Noticeably the shift from tracker to modular synth, hardware sequencers/samplers and composition with Ableton Live has brought a new fluidity to Terminal 11's sound. Opening track "Until It Couldn't Recognize A Face" expands and contracts lung like as it sucks hot-stepping drum patterns out of a background of amorphous gas like harmonics. Each bar revealing new aspects of a cavernous space. It's acidic introduction eventually self-dissolving into an envelope severed counterpoint. The 3D acid lines of "Full Circle" draw forth prepared piano interiors, tuned metal and imploding histrionics before a blanket pull to massage room ambience. Intelligent the music may be but I dare you to dance to it. B-side opener "Breathing Room" is perhaps the track most closely aligned to the earlier Terminal 11 output. A more colorful, ebullient track adorned with flickering micro-samples and all shades of counting machine flair. "Spirals" is a masterpiece of wet mouthed sampling. A dystopic soundscape or rasping, glottal ugliness strapped down tight to an undulant bass of gross weight. "Tea" closes the record as the least claustrophobic of all six of the pieces here. A tonic and digestive agent comprising lithe and light cymbal play atop elegant tectonics. Breakcore it is not.