I began to listen to this track as the elevated M train was passing by my office (apartment) and its shuffling beginning blended into the sound atmosphere enveloping. But Matt Papich never lets a sound be. The beat, to him, is a Rube Goldberg Machine: every note knocks into the next one, setting it off. Vocals are abbreviated and often pitched; in Love Nest they are splatterpaint and then spackle being smoothed to the side of a bowl. On this new cassette, Soft Power Memento, Co La explores further the way that sounds can be played off of each other for humor, brevity, and other oblique emotive effect.
Soft Power Memento will be available June 5 from Hands in the Dark and NNA Tapes.