Cutlasses – Clutching At Conscious – Album review
There is a punk like approach to these tracks, deep electronic bass sounds, beats, overdriven guitar textures, melody but with a live feel and raw edge
Clutching At Conscious is the debut album from Scott Pitkethly under the Cutlasses moniker.
There are many people working in contemporary music and sound art with field recordings as the basis for composition but Scott’s approach this this is somewhat different.
The first thing that sets Cutlasses apart is the use of the field recordings and the level of processing, Scott’s home made electronics and approach making each sound an instrument rather than an acoustic sound environment. The field recordings coming from anonymous sites around the UK, existing in an unrecognisable form but informing and part of the whole.
The second thing is the actual sound of the music, there is a punk like approach to these tracks, deep electronic bass sounds, beats, overdriven guitar textures, melody but with a live feel and raw edge, a non-existent band built out of many parts overlaid.
In many ways this album has a great deal in common textually with early postrock releases an experimental approach to the rock dynamic, the result of a wide and open mind to genre, and a pursuit of a new sound unique to Cutasses.
As a debut ‘Clutching At Conscious’ promises much, it will be interesting to see how this sound develops over time, for now we have a fine and intriguing beginning.