Quimper — Midnight Snack
(Bandcamp no#, 2017, DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-08-14
The latest Quimper release is a downloadable EP containing four instrumental tracks totaling about nine minutes. The music is dark and sinister. Band member Jodie Lowther, who provides the art and visuals, has created a video for title track that is particularly disturbing and brings a new meaning to having a midnight snack, driven by tribal drums, eerie synth lines, and Jodie’s whispered little girl voice. The second track “Mwa Mwa Mwa” is basically another tribal rhythm instrumental with a subliminal melody and additional cold metallic sounds. Then there is a change of pace with the third track “Thin Theatre.” This 2 ½ minute instrumental is a surreal music hall piano piece that I can easily visualize as a soundtrack for Marcel Marceau, either as a mechanical robot or his famous trapped in a box performance. This short EP ends with “My Secret Place” with Jodie’s evil sounding voice repeating the song title over Johnny Vertigen’s fuzzed bass synth notes and drums. A particularly chilling track. This EP will appeal to fans of short dark electronic sketches.
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