Also in the ‘That Special Record’ sale I picked up ‘Serf Rash’ by Run Dust, which is an absolute corker of an album, well, it is if you like this sort of thing, and I do.
Label: In Paradisum – IP018
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition
Released: 16 Mar 2015
Style: Experimental, Industrial, Techno, House
We discovered Run Dust through the demos that became the amazing Zeckenentferner tape on Opal Tapes. If you’re familiar with Opal Tapes, it’s fair to say this release stands out, as Run Dust music stands out generally, and that’s why it finds its place within our label. This eleven track album covers plenty of ground from proper songs to brutal techno, romantic melodic stuff to dystopian minimal and does it all with a unique sense of texture and storytelling.
Things kick off with the frosty bleeps and gauzy textures of ‘Saddle Maker’ and the gallivanting, brutal techno beats of ‘Wharf Rat’ before unsettling ambience and sparse drums characterise ‘Sterling’s Yard’ with its squealing bleeps and industrial menace. Run Dust can do more soothing soundscapes, too, as shown on the dubwise ‘This Is A Lovely Sign’ and the blissful echo chambers of ‘Doctor John Dee’. Cuts like ‘Scythe Toon’ pick up the pace again and hit you over the head with alarming sirens and rough drums and ‘Tour of College’ gets all lo-fi, housey and bittersweet.
With its powerful sense of melancholy and fragile energy, Serf Rash brings us back to the first generation of beautiful albums in electronic music by artists like Aphex Twin, and conjure up a great spirit of escape. So get stuck in and enjoy the ride…
AI Saddle Maker 2:45
AII Wharf Rat 2:04
AIII Serling’s Yard 2:10
AIV The Lovely Sign 2:22
AV Doctor John Dee 4:40
AVI Oil and Gas 2:24
AVII Scythe Toon 3:52
BI Open Anchorite 3:58
BII British Jump Suit 3:24
BIII Tour Of College 6:22
BIV Mitigator 5:22
The music is crashing metal, beeps, bloops, beats and, if you take a close listen, pretty complex at times with discordancy overlaying a more melodic base. There’s some rather nice repetitivnes at times as well which becomes familiar, something to hold onto while an electronic progression trills off in the opposite direction.
It took me a little while to ‘get’ this release but having streamed it several times and having grown to really love it, getting a vinyl edition was no big decision really, and taking off the earphones, putting the disc on the turntable and turning up the amp is a different, and better experience.