With their last EP, Sunstrings, Accelera Deck had proved my 5+ years of assumption to be completely wrong. I actually do like them! And their music isn?t watery, boring house (I?m not exactly sure how I came by that assumption). In any case, it?s only been a couple months since that EP eased its way out of my itunes playlist, and here comes another. This time around strains of psychedelia permeate nearly all the tracks, transplanting the usual image of someone hunched, bloodshot over a laptop with someone sprawled on the floor, nodding off, bloodshot, buried in effects, guitars and an imac.
While the electronics still buzz and scrape, the vibe is much more serene and glass-eyed this time around. The first track, ?Pop Polling? is absolutely gorgeous thanks to the great interplay of electronic atmospherics and distorted guitar smudge. The 12+ minute ?Lips? provides jarring counterpoint with scrapes, moans and unsettling, atonal drone clusters. And the 14+ minute epic ?As Always? closes the album with intently focused navel-gazing drone-drift. Hopefully you haven?t been missing out on Accelera Deck like I had been. If so, this record is a great time to start. 8/10 -- Dick Baldwin (31 October, 2005)