Sunday, July 19, 2015
In Brief #8: The Slashies
Q///Q - Azores Azul [Skrot Up]
Q///Q - Jardim [Self-Help Tapes]
Q///Q - Crude Gourds [Singapore Sling]
Q///Q is the project of Peter Kris (of German Army infamy, not Kiss.) Q///Q is slightly more clear-eyed than its Germanic brethren. The first two tracks on Azores Azul are charming, Casio-style jams. The second titled "Whimsy" is particularly rad. It's the kind of song that transforms a routine walk somewhere into something cinematic. The third track "Intuit Nature" would blend in imperceptibly on a German Army tape. It doesn't have the same dingy, dirt-caked atmosphere, but sloshed vocals reign over a cleaner-toned tangle of synths. "Forms" bops along with layers of sequenced blips--not totally dissimilar to the types of interludes Devo would create.
The first track off of Jardim, "Gom Gom," embraces both the dance club and vocal slobber factors present on Azores Azul. "Tamarisk" continues this and puts a driving beat behind the slow synth glisten. Perfect distillation of skewed, minimalist dance-pop. I can't confirm this due to Self-Help Tapes's habit of including no info aside from artist/album and track list, but I'd guess this was recorded after the other two tapes in this discussion as there seems to be a little more refinement or comfort in its own skin.
Any fans of German Army (and everyone should be a fan) that hasn't checked out Q///Q ought to. It's simple but imagine one of the two warped minds behind GeAr striking out on his own and you got a strong approximation of Q///Q, now it's time to listen and discover the nuances for yourself. The quality of each tape is pretty much uniform, pick any or all. You can't make a wrong move.
Buy Azores Azul HERE
Buy Jardim HERE
Buy Crude Gourds HERE (cassette sold out)
Buy it in cassette or CDr format HERE