Published Jan 10, 2014It would be difficult to place Red Anxiety Tracers — the debut LP from Baltimore's Max Eilbacher — within the hypothetical infographic that would visually and neatly lay out the vast continuum which encompasses the concept of organized sound (also known as music). Somewhat paralleling the obtuse combination of found and synthesized sounds emanating from English maniac Wanda Group (albeit slightly more 'musical'), Eilbacher paints amorphous yet beautiful electronic frescoes and then proceeds to blast them with grenades of unidentifiable noise.
Over the two side-long pieces presented, synthetic worlds are birthed and are allowed to either flourish (rarely) or to devolve into maelstroms of hysteria. Eilbacher's involvement in the uncanny Needle Gun unit is an undeniable influence here, yet his freak flag is draped in a hallucinatory ooze that evokes the post-war pioneers of early electronic music. Red Anxiety Tracers is an enigma, a puzzle yearning for Eilbacher's listeners to solve. (Spectrum Spools)