I was never good at keeping a diary. I think the main problem was that I was never fully honest in those pages, was too desperate for whatever I was hating/loving irrationally at that point to read important, for my own sense of pubescent validation. My short story based on being blocked by an ex on MSN had to sing off the pages and into the pantheon of Great Diary Entries, or I was better off just saving the whole incident for a crappy screenplay.
But it's working for some people. birds, bees, babys, bacteria, the second collection from Outer Limits Recordings, is a series of giddy and confessional sketches, loose even by lo-fi standards. Opener “Taste Of Life” is a blast of quadruple-exposed galactic pop that would fit easily on the fuller-bodied Singles, Demos and Rarities 2007-2010, Sam Mehran's first compilation of space lounge lobby jangle. For the most part, though, Mehran strips his sound down even further. He degrades the tape reel, hides between the synths and trims the already sparse fat with a laser scalpel. But no matter how obscured his transmissions get, no guitar pedal can hide Mehran's enthusiasm for recorded fun. Each burst of static between the tracks is both the end and beginning of a new thought for Mehran, like he's touring his brain on a synapse through where all his musical experiences are stored and eventually turned into songs.
Bryan Adams rollick on “Suicide Mission.” KSSHH. “Streets,” Timbaland without the Pro Tools polish. KSSHH. “Cyber Bodies Actualized,” Alice In Chains trapped in a Virtual Reality wormhole. And on and on, past the realm of pop and into blinding fields of drone and prog-rock. Too many to name, but all undoubtedly coloured with something that's distinctly Outer Limits Recordings. At its most skeletal yet, Mehran's music is even more honest and endearing. They're the sort of enchanting sounds that send us outside to some mountaintop with our iPods pointed at the stars, in the hopes of getting a better reception.
birds, bees, babys, bacteria is out October 1st on Sewage Tapes.