MARRECK - MECHANISM by Tesla Tapes, released 01 August 2014 1. PRIMA 2. DESCENDING 3. HERDS 4. AMPHORAE Marreck is the latest project/guise of Michael Hann, who also records under the name of Rejections (previous releases on Opal Tapes, Alt Vinyl) and runs the Reject and Fade label. Melding together psychedelic noise and textures with stark, minimal rhythms, the tracks on the Mechanism EP are designed to wrench the listener into the visceral present and shut down their peripheral senses.
Wildly freeing in the MECHANISM of time, imagination presents all sorts of swirls and blunders while caved in and trapped by the nature of ground. Pushing forward is used through echoes bouncing back to frightened and quivering ears. As there is no way out, being placed back into the womb - only this time within the Earth - a calculated coldness devours your mental stability and anguish sets in as pitch as the lack of color. The only direction is down.
Michel Hann (Rejections) shape-shifts into Marreck for his 2nd cassette on Tesla Tapes. Stepping on from the Ballardian infatuations and physical blows of his releases for Opal Tapes and Jehu and Chinaman, he's conceived a pointedly streamlined, visceral sound on 'Mechanism' which attempts to burrow right into any willing/unwilling host in proximity.
His Marreck persona however, is a far more vicious beast, not so much sending you to dreamland as knocking you the hell out. It's loud, it's heavy and it's undoubtedly trance music. Marreck's machinations can so readily send the fully-engaged listener careening through the stratosphere in an almost clinically induced trance, it makes you wonder why the classic 70s synth-epics namechecked above didn't more frequently cut right to the chase as Marreck does here (his longest track is admittedly nearly a dozen minutes long, but that's paltry for the.
Her latest album on pan y rosas discos is a prime example of the type of vocal album ACL does cover, in that the lyrics take a back seat to the music and manner of delivery. This is the sort of shot in the arm that could revolutionize the airwaves, if only anyone would listen. Marreck is his more rhythm-based project. When the first EP, Mechanism, was released last year on Tesla Tapes, we were enamored with the track Herds, which was one bassline away from being a club hit; thankfully, that’s the direction taken on the new album Cetology (on Trensmat sub-label Nute).
Marreck Mechanism (Tesla Tapes). I’m a big fan of Michael Hann’s work as Rejections but this new tape under the moniker Marreck is his best work to date. The label describes Mechanism as relentless and there’s no better adjective for the never-ending beating that takes place over its 40 minutes. Drones rise from the mechanical foundation, anchoring the skittering beats. Almost every element is repeated until rendered meaningless while the high-tempo rhythms act as continuous body blows that slowly, eventually wear down anyone who can survive until the end.
- Designed At – Dr.Me Studio
- Artwork – Dr.Me
- Mastered By – Stephen Bishop
- Music By – Michael Hann
NotesContinuous track-numbering on release. No durations listed.
Limited edition of 50 copies.