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Moth Cock curb their indulgent impulses to make experimentation sound fun 

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On their latest album, the awkwardly titled 0-100 A the Speed of the Present (Hausu Mountain), this wonderfully squirmy improv-centric duo from Kent, Ohio, continue to collide acoustic and electronic—and silly and serious—in beguiling, bizarre ways. The bulk of their sound field is occupied by the gurgling, liquid electronics of Pat Modugno: steadily shifting combinations of queasy synth washes, space-age noodling, electronic drum sounds that seem sampled from a child’s toy, and atmospheric transmissions that suggest a leisurely swim through heavy cream. Doug Gent threads those viscous blorps with nasal squiggles, swoops, and shouts played on clarinet and saxophone, his blowing processed through various effects that transform his striated tone with chopped-up digitalia and distortion. Moth Cock’s music eludes easy classification. It emits a giddy weirdness a la vintage Ralph Records, but it’s treated with a twisted post-techno ebullience and the anything-goes mayhem of the deep underground. Moth Cock appear with several Hausu Mountain labelmates, including the ADT (which is celebrating the release of its new album for the imprint, Insecurities), a local improvising unit that seems to take much more influence from the Grateful Dead than from Derek Bailey.   v


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