Neon Tetra Home

Aesthetically, Neon Tetra splits the difference between KC Accidental and Minisystem. Though it might seem bland to paint a band’s portrait using a brush stained with the work of its label’s past and (possibly) future flagship acts, it’s a purely objective claim with Home, Regina native Liam Brennand’s Noise Factory debut. Using more programming acrobatics than either of those big city-based projects, like the epileptic modulating that helps catapult the build-up of "Underneath My Heart” or the shrieking hook to the trip-hop-cum-bedroom of "A Disbelief in Believing,” Home shows what Minisystem lack in the way of variability and what KC Accidental shied away from in favour of more analogue experimentations. Conceptually, the tracks all have a good developmental edge to them, each one keeping with a structure unique to the rest of the album while still clinging to an auteur-like ability to hold together as one. The chaotic noise closing of "On the Way There” gives way to "Rcid” and its childlike bell theme, interjected with fuzzy whole note keys and jungle style breaks. Album stand-out "Soya” leads with the spacious static grumblings of a drill’n’bass track that’s about to explode yet comes out of the echoing crackles as a beautiful IDM track that would remind most of Music Has the Right to Children. Neon Tetra’s future looks much more promising than his namesake. (Noise Factory)