How does one face the morning after a night of spiral downs? Portuguese guitarist/composer JCCG (AKA Mediafired, The Exhalers, and Sofa Pits) has a guess. He dances ‘tween every day brutality and ideals of beauty on a brand new song from an album called Lancil. His track “I Like it Here (With You)” is like the sound of the struggle for redemption after seriously fucking up. Admitting mistakes is not an easy thing to do, but the angular wobble of his lead guitar gives the listener permission to say, “Yes, I love ya baby… sorry I can’t buy ya pretty things.”
JCCG’s tune is propelled by a strutting Travolta electro-beat and washes of atonal color/sound, but the main attraction is the lead instrument, the guitar. Simply put, “I Like it Here (With You)” is basically a two and a half minute feature for free ranging note runs and wandering fret action. The electricity in the recording room must have been hot that day because this is some slick improvising (if it is indeed improv, but it could be composed?). The short length of the piece cries out for more exploration. Fans will just have to seek out the full-length tape to find out if romance is forever, but judging from the tone of JCCG’s axe, life is hard.
Written by Jeff Daily
After releasing in rapid-fire succession the last few months under the names Mediafired, JCCG, and Sofa Pits, and establishing his own Exo Tapes as one of young tape labels to watch, the Portuguese chill out maester known as João/Johnny has launched a new project titled The Exhalers. While rigid song structures haven’t loomed large in his recent body of work, this new material sheds its pop allusions and sets about effortlessly hybridizing drone and ambient conventions, as well as digital and analog elements: the recordings were done on an old Fostex X28H multitrack cassette machine and prominently features the notoriously bright tones of a Casio CTK-495 . Throw in an army of web art dolphins, courtesy of Whatever™, and you have yourself an aesthetic. The cooing oscillations and digitized cracklings of “~player~” comprise the B side of Wave Reader II.O, which is the second (the others being I.O and III.O) in a series of three tapes. The semi-binaural pulsations are extremely relaxing, so we suggest you put on the good headphones and dive into this seriously blissful stuff. Look, even Putin is smiling.
The Exhalers: “~player~”
The Wave Reader I.O, II.O, and III.O tapes are available from Exo Tapes and you can hear more on Soundcloud. The artwork from the Wave Reader series will also be available in a limited of printed cards
Written by Luke Carrell