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Drip Mental
Release Date: 24/02/2017
Catalogue No.: CD-HAUSMO-55
Record Label: Hausu Mountain
Format: CD

Just as modern experimental music traces a conversation between juxtaposed traditions, live performance tactics, and software-abetted composition frameworks, the music that Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist producer Angel Marcloid makes under her Fire-Toolz moniker burns through ideas and genres at a pace faster than the typical human brain can fathom. Drip Mental, her first release on Hausu Mountain following 2015_x001A_s Even The Files Won_x001A_t Touch You (Depravity Label), presents a 48-minute program that smears an untold library of mangled samples and live instrumentation into a hallucinatory vision of progressive songwriting and electro-industrial abandon. Her endlessly combinatory tracks fuse complex percussion workouts, guttural screams, and shimmering synthetic backdrops into bursts of aggressive self-discovery that seek to overload the senses and upset conventions with each hairpin transition. Fire-Toolz_x001A_s compositions slither between boundaries of internet detritus, finely tailored electronic collage, and unhinged metallic catharsis, planting vocal outpours of emotion and towering earworm riffs within detailed networks of found sound and programmed electronics. Beneath signifiers that drop listeners_x001A_ attention spans into rabbit holes of intersecting musical styles (see: cyberpunk, vaporwave, EBM, trance), the heart of Fire-Toolz_x001A_s practice lies in her reexamination of mundane daily life through the lens of the sardonic prodigy, the grimly enlightened, the a-little-too-emo. The stories that populate her compositions spin through chapters of isolation and PTSD, sex and/or love, weed and internet-induced stupefaction, and workday grind. Fire-Toolz maps out her own conception of modern Chicago life not only by way of her lyrical content, but through a cast of collaborators that appear for moments within the chaos: Gel Set_x001A_s pulsing techno grids, Forced Into Femininity_x001A_s unmistakable vocal theatrics, Good Willsmith_x001A_s fine-grain drone. Tracks like _x001A_Busy Beaver Lunch Break_x001A_ extend over suite-like structures of four-onthe-floor throb, garbled synthesis, and a dizzying array of vocal styles. Peals of harsh noise interrupt the digital hardcore stomp of _x001A_To See My Hatred Clearly_x001A_ before soaring keyboard leads break into a chopped-and-screwed saxophone sample conclusion. The monolithic album closer _x001A_?_x001A_ solidifies Fire-Toolz_x001A_s spastic production decisions into a sentimental anthem closer to italodisco, frosted with black metal screams and elaborate piano solos. Far from seeming random in execution, each tiny element of Angel_x001A_s mosaic proves crucial to express the beautiful and grotesque depths of her personality, and the distances through which her musical self-education has wandered.

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