This is Martin Herterich’s second pass around the NNF circuit in his Sand Circles hovercraft (following 2011’s Midnight Crimes EP), and though the general schematics and engine design remain the same – dusted drum machines, analog echo, faded synth riffs, derelict metropolis atmospheres – Motor City’s grace and execution place it in a superior division to anything else he’s tracked to date. A loner narrative plays out across each side: “Entering Motor City” across “White Sand” wherein there’s a “Downtown Holdup” in the “Innercity Haze” before cruising back out of the urban sprawl, “Distant Lights” in the rearview, on through the “Endless Nights,” “Descending Into Space.” As with his last tape, the Sand Circles chemistry of reverbed horizon melodies and primitivist drum machinery evokes a poignant bedroom/industrial reverie, and the 11 instrumentals of Motor City hit this interzone pressure point better than ever.
released April 10, 2012
Artwork & design by Britt Brown.
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