That magnificent bit of transparent matter is the Ancient Thing 7", a limited edition accompaniment to San Francisco duo Exray's' new album Trust a Robot (sorry to bombard you with apostrophes), out today on Howell's Transmitter. Here's what I said about Exray's and "Ancient Thing" when I covered them this past April...
They're so cool their band name - "Exray's" - has an apostrophe even when they're not doing something (vis a vis, an implied ellipsis) or possessing something. They're description on facebook is "with an apostrophe". Love it. To some extent, I like to connect that deliberate dissonance, this "thing" without a "thing" in spite of the apostrophe's implication, with the dystopain themes of their new album Trust a Robot and the incredible juxtaposition of experimental beats, synths that variously crunch and move songs along in symbiotic instrumental arrangements, with Bernson's almost trademark vocal tempo. Howells' description of the album references Philip K. Dick and a whole sequence of connected humanists who wrote sympathetically about darker worlds suffering in stagnant social structures. That is the disconnect; between reality and irreality, good and bad structures, and the robot they exhort you to trust - is it "Exray's" or someone else's? A free agent?
Of course in Exray's fashion the whole 7" package had to further clarify elements of that dissonance. Here a novelty format slips, square into square; it's even probably some kind of magic recycled cardboard, with eye-catchingly gorgeous cover art from San Francisco resident and snaggle-toothed genius, Richard Colman.
Stream/Download: Exray's - Ancient Thing
Grab this lathe-cut, silkscreened gem from Howell's Transmitter.