Published Jan 07, 2014Toronto's Bob McCully originally birthed Wizard Of as a way to make hip-hop beats for a friend of his to rhyme over. Although he cut his teeth as the noise/drone purveyor behind the ultra-prolific Women in Tragedy project, McCully must have been harbouring a secret love for rap and dance music all along, as his transition into a maverick of beats has been essentially seamless. Mining a host of seemingly disparate sub-genres from which to draw influence, McCully deftly conjures up his own unique brand of dance-based tunesmithery.
With Face/Skeleton, he strays from some of the harder-edged sounds that can be found on past Wizard Of releases without sacrificing the overall intensity of his sound. Synths and beats are definitely in the foreground, especially on the "Face" side of the cassette. "Skeleton" incorporates a piano motif and harrowing female vocal snippets, the inclusion of which ultimately reveals McCully to be a devastating force in the underground electronic music scene. (Digitalis)