Skintape – Mastoid (EP – Ohm Resistance)

By May 27,2021

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Genre/Influences: Industrial, Experimental, Industrial-Dub.

Format: Digital.

Background/Info: Skintape is an American project set up by Caleb McLaurin. A few works have been already released, but what makes this EP special –and even a bit conceptual, is that all sounds were ‘reconstructed exclusively using audio from Skintape’s ear surgery and ear related hospital visits during the summer of 2020, using hardware samplers and various effects pedals.’

Content: The sound is unique, definitely into Industrial, but also with a real experimental approach. That’s probably because of the concept; the songs are driven by slow, distorted Industrial drum patterns mixed with noise signals, low sound vibrations, repetitive bass lines and some spoken samplings on the last track.

+ + + : The approach and result are original, giving me the impression of Industrial-Dub (especially for the first track). The slow cadence also has something sensual… for so far Industrial music can reflect sensuality. But it’s a creative process, which sounds totally minimalistic.

– – – : I regret the work only features 3 tracks and the opening cut is already a pretty short one, kind of intro.

Conclusion: Skintape is an interesting project exploring further dimensions of Industrial music. I hope to hear more from this.

Best songs: “Eardrum”, “Audiology”.

Rate: (7½).

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