V.H. - In The Teeth [Tatô - 2020]In The Teeth is an eighteen-minute shot lower cased walled noise- that's busy, detailed, and well balanced in its layer mixing. The release appears on Tatô- which is the lowercase noise label of Seattle based noisemaker Peter Keller. The release appeared in May of this year as either a rather neat origami pouch presented 3inc CDR, or download- the CDR came in an edition of twenty-five copies, and as of writing this this review you can still pick up copies from the labels Bandcamp.
V.H. is one of the projects of NYC based Patrick Scott who also runs the excellent rhythmic/ ambient/ experiential HNW & noise label Modern Tapes. This is the debut release from the project- with Scott offering a very detailed, active-yet well-nuanced and eventful track
The self-titled track rolls in at 18.08- and from the offset, it’s very busy in its detail and attack, yet the whole thing is recorded in a nicely balanced/ even manner- so one can pick out each of the layers sound make-up & patterns clearly. We have a squiggling like wooden circling, smaller scratching & fidgeting, a scraping rattle & the occasional off pattern scrap/ circle. For some reason, the whole thing brings to mind what a small boat made out of match sticks traveling on a sand sea might sound- as the thin & detailed sails shift & move, and the base scrapes & drags along the sand bound sea- but the whole is speeding up to double speed- so we get a decidedly manic & rapid selection of tone layers been fed at you.
This the third release I’ve heard from the recently set up Tatô, and once again it’s a very distinctive & unique take on the lower case walled noise genre- so I'm very much looking forward to labels next batch. If you like busy, detailed but fairly quiet & well balance lower case composition In The Teeth is most certainly something you’ll be needing to check out.Roger Batty