Teenage Boatpeople was free improv sax meister Milo Fine's aberrant Residential post-punk unit from back in the day (though he's playing everything from drums to piano to casio here). Gone before anyone even knew this disc was around, this is a true blue monster mindfuck for those of the mindset that some of the best and most mind warping sounds ever made came as an upshot of the viral spread of the Ralph Records aesthetic throughout the world's musical undergrounds. It's specific impact in the U.S. resulted in a profusion of insular and unconnected surrealist outfits that nevertheless share many of the tell-tale DNA markers of Ralph's damaged gene pool (Steaming Coils, Bomis Prendin, The Blitzoids, To Nije Sala, Buxinrut, The Decayes...it's a list that could go on for quite a while). To this mental list of cheerful psychosis mongers you will now need to add Teenage Boatpeople. One purely Residents-qua-Residents moment aside though, it's really the aforementioned Decayes with whom Teenage Boatpeople share the most simpatico, as squashed but squirrelly sharp themes offset by much squonking situate themselves inside snarky structural non sequiturs. Astonishingly bent brilliance of a very high order here, folks!
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