Background/Info: Porch Nap is a Russian artist hailing from St. Petersburg. Busy exploring acoustic sound treatments and transforming all kind of noises into sounds; Porch Nap has released a few productions on Fulldozer Records (Russia). This album is a selection of tracks that were originally composed in between 2007 and 2017 and which have been reworked while featuring multiple guest artists.
Content: Porch Nap is one of those noise surgeons, collecting sounds and noises that will be next manipulated and transformed into a very experimental- and abstract sound dimension. From long-during and somewhat irritating sonic waves to repetitive electronic loops to dark noises “Antidot” also reveals a kind of primitive technoid approach.
Multiple cuts are featuring guest artists (mainly Russians) such as Fedor Svolotch, Kryptogen Rundfunk, Brompton’s Cocktail, Alexei Borisov and American artist Phillip Klingler (aka PBK). Last, but not least there’s a remix made by Alexander Zaitsev.
+ + + : If you like pure sonic experimentation and improvisation, this is the kind of album that will for sure catch your attention. It all remains an extreme listening although quite diversified. I especially like the somewhat techno-driven “Non-Linear Bass Metronome” and the more accessible “Granular Liminal Beat” feat. Alexei Borisov. This is for sure an opportunity to discover a rather unknown Russian artist totally devoted to experimental sound arts.
– – – : Some sequences are pretty repetitive and becoming irritating after a while. That’s also because of the improvised format of this production, which will for sure remain accessible for a restricted number of listeners.
Conclusion: Porch Nap is without a shadow of a doubt one of the most experimental artists I’ve been invited to discover on Zhelezobeton. I can’t affirm to be fan of such experimental artists although I’ve to admit this album has been preceded by a lot of efforts and sound treatments.
Best songs: Non-Linear Bass Metronome”, “Granular Liminal Beat feat. Alexei Borisov”.