Lovers of Invisible Conga People’s 2008 debut release -- the slow-pulsed “Cable Dazed” and its more fidgety counterpart “Weird Pains” -- may have wondered if there might be more where that came from, and just why it’s been taking so long to be revealed. The answer lies in the nomadic existence foisted upon the outfit’s two members, Justin Simon and Eric Tsai, who over the last few years have found themselves ousted from a series of practice and recording spaces by construction and demolition crews. The anxiety caused by forced relocations is familiar to any city dweller, and yet the desperate feeling of displacement seems not to have left its mark on the duo’s sound. While those involuntary moves may have delayed the release new material from ICP, they’ve done little to disturb thelanguorous feel of their songs, including two singles now making their DFA debut.
In fact, “In A Hole,” the A-side of their latest 12”, is even more dream-steeped than its predecessors. Relying on vintage (and in some cases, home made) gear, Simon and Tsai have constructed a song that is syrupy in pace. Darkened tones mingle with floating percussion and vocals processed to nearly melancholic depths. “Can’t Feel My Knees” picks up the tempo, and feels slightly sunnier in comparison (“Perhaps a result of practicing for the first time in a place with windows,” according to Simon), with rippling keys that give way to an open, spacious sigh and an almost playful interlude of warmth and bass punctuations. The two have said they’re interested in the meeting point of house and noise, and that’s particularly apparent on the two remixes that appear here. “In A Hole Dub” is slower, more bare-boned and ghostlier than the track from which it’s derived, while “Can’t Feel My Knees Dub” is filled with white noise emissions and hissing electro shocks.
Invisible Conga People’s first release, the aforementioned “Cable Dazed/Weird Pains,” appeared on the Italians Do It Better label. In addition to ICP, Justin Simon also heads up the Mesh-Key Records label, which specializes in Japanese psychedelic music and has released 10 albums by DFA labelmates Yura Yura Teikoku.
Published: 30th March 2011