It is great to see that Austrian musicians are heading out into the big bad world and making names for themselves. Squalloscope is the next as she teamed up with the wonderful Pick a Piper (Canada) and Love Cult (Russia) to create an EP collaboration of the highest quality. One of the best collaborative EPs of the year quite possibly.
The young producers met in New York to attend Red Bull Music Academy and worked out two gorgeous tracks operating on the fringes of pop, weirdo electronics and psychedelia.
“Never Get Lost”, is an epic tripped-out number fronted by the multi-talented Viennese singer-songwriter Anna Kohlweis, while “Ruin”, is a dark swinging 4/4 groove by Pick a Piper washed away with Anya Kuts’ trademark drone chorals.
In addition to the two track vinyl the artists worked on three additional off-collab tracks for digital release, produced by Pick a Piper, Squalloscope and Love Cult separately. Brad Weber, another prime percussionist cum producer type and a longtime drummer for Caribou, fuses krautrock synth drool with piquant afrobeat-inspired patterns, while Squalloscope produces a tender melancholic bedroom-pop masterpiece and Love Cult deliver an overloaded euphoric cassette slab with an eccentric 808 beat.
The vinyl of this EP is limited to 300 copies, with instant download of the digital EP.