Well, well, well… seems like this “Mike” guy has been getting a little famous if you ask me… after months of inactivity on this humble blog, I have been contacted once or twice by artists hoping for coverage. I’m happy to oblige – especially for queer trans artist Argiflex, who has been a personal homie of mine for a couple years. On a whim she contacted me for coverage on her new album LIQUIDPUNK, out now on Asura Revolver, a vaporwave-adjacent label from Norway that seems to specialize in experimental electronics. This coulda been a pre-release write-up at that time but I wasn’t ready to jump back into the game yet. I have previously owned Argiflex’s cassette Throatless on Bedlam Tapes, not least because it was yet another music grip graced with the visionary art of Keith Rankin, possibly my favorite contemporary artist – seriously, these things are going to be collector’s items some day, next time he puts out some prints you should snap ‘em up – LIQUIDPUNK is more Argiflex goodness along similar lines. Kind of a weird ‘flex, but okay.
So, first things first: Whatever I say – this thing is name-your-price on Bandcamp, so of course you should check it out. The physical (a CD) can be yours for £8 + shipping. It’s hard for the album art on any of your subsequent releases to live up to what came before after you’ve received the Rankin treatment, but I like it – & she made it herself! Nice stuff. The Yin-Yang intrigues me… this release is for people who like techno, acid house, & all that good shit. For me, the opening beat of Track 3, “SUNFLOWER DISCO”, is when things really started to heat up, & it ends w/ a trippy wall of electronics. The beats are skewed & chopped all through the album. I like it when it gets noisy. There are some really great-sounding moments that will annoy your acquaintances with no taste. Make ‘em squirm!
The music on this album was performed live, giving it parallels to the brilliant & prolific Mukqs et al. That’s enough to bump the tunes like three whole points on the vibe-o-meter for me. I’d like to see more improvisational work from this artist. The last track is a colossal 16 minutes & 18 seconds, so make sure you go to the bathroom first. Towards the halfway point it transitions into ambient, & I really like how it sounds. Then it devolves into noise, then like ambient noise for a real Dao moment as closure. Argiflex is a great person, so consider throwing a couple dollars her way. Link here.
Favorite Track(s): SUNFLOWER DISCO, BLAMOLAMBO (for the name), all of the repetitive noisy parts