Saturday, 31 March 2012

Diamond Catalog - Magnified Palette (2012)

I came across this piece last week...

"...Jaw-dropping and mind-bending post-Dance Music bricolage from Diamond Catalog: a potent alliance of "Glamorous" Pat Maherr (Indignant Senility, Expressway Yo-Yo Dieting) and Lala Conchita who have the honour of releasing the first vinyl record on the revered NNA Tapes label. The incessant swirl of lopped Techno rhythms and mis-firing synaptic routes which make up 'Magnified Palette' approximates the accumulation of countless chrono-blips lost at the peak of the MDMA buzz; those deliciously fraught and lushly frazzled moments, minutes and hours of giddy bruxist memory loss which you'll never reclaim but can glimpse a taste of on this album. It plays through like a CCTV video where the recordings of multiple cameras are overlaid onto one cassette, only to be delineated at a later stage with special software. But, the only difference is, you hold the algorithm to decipher their inextricable code of convected memories and each listen will reveal a more unstable and fractal re-patterning of fleeting collective cognizance from the darkest backrooms, slow-motion strobe-lit main rooms and the gaps betwixt where fuck knows what happened. It's a regular touchstone for us, but this record recalls the way Mark Leckey pieced together a patchwork of collective cultural trips through images of us at our most heightened state, dancing and taking drugs, in his 'Fiorucci Made Me Hardcore' video (watch it on Ubuweb or youtube, now!), but perhaps the difference here is that this is a more American take on those experiences, and one filtered with a noise freak's sense of (de)structuring and visceral disorientation. Ultimately it's one of the most exhilarating, incredible records we've heard all year and nothing short of essential for those that know..."

On tour with Grouper at the moment. Surely a must see if three was ever one.

I honestly can't think of a better way to spend 28 minutes of your life right now.

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