Sierra Liora 1981 (2006)

by SCKE//

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    "Sierra Liora 1981, traces a regression into childhood recollections when the sound world brings alive psychological impressions that are related to the photographic documents under observation.

    This rough and ready collection of memory works were pieced together in the summer heat of July and August 2006 with a basic microphone and minidisc set up with a vintage Roland synthesizer. Audio was looped and arranged in a step sequencer on a battered old 4GB PC. The degraded tape effect can be heard on some pieces from the over driven cassette master.

    This is a uniquely inspired collection. Kind of an oddball of low technology DIY psychology art. Concise, coherent simplicity."

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"Sierra Liora 1981, traces a regression into childhood recollections when the sound world brings alive psychological impressions that are related to the photographic documents under observation.

This rough and ready collection of memory works were pieced together in the summer heat of July and August 2006 with a basic microphone and minidisc set up with a vintage Roland synthesizer. Audio was looped and arranged in a step sequencer on a battered old 4GB PC. The degraded tape effect can be heard on some pieces from the over driven cassette master.

This is a uniquely inspired collection. Kind of an oddball of low technology DIY psychology art. Concise, coherent simplicity."

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"Vestiges of formative years meander in the currents of tape hiss and crackle on Sierra Liora (1981), by SCKE// and from incipient label, KIKS/Girlfriend. Stunningly opaque vignettes act as ellipses that guide one through the mind. Undulating blue tones attempt to ascend from the hiss and crackle, while disparate pieces of yesteryear are hazily re-animated. A beautiful tape of ambient and musique concrete tracks. Pick up a tape directly from this wonderful, young label!" HONEST BAG

"He generates a cool ranges of atmospheres with a clever use/manipulation of his field samples. I especially like his darker moments, when I was reminded of Deaf Centre more than once (which in my book is a good thing). Enjoying it." TWOISM FORUM

"Sierra Liora (1981) feels like the soundtrack to your memory of your favorite vacation. SCKE// takes recorded samples and couples them with tape loops, scratchy hiss, and other collaged sounds to give them an aura of mystification. One wonders if the voices heard in “Polaroid Part2” or “Airplane 1981” are culled from home video or audio. Or if SCKE// went back to the place that this album commemorates.

Sierra Liora is warm and inviting, at its best inviting the listener to remember the best memories alongside SCKE//’s own soundscapes. And yet there’s often a melancholy undercurrent running through these tracks; “Polaroid Part2” and “Grain” tend to feel more decayed than the others, and “Hotel 3” and “Hotel 4” are only quick snippets as though those memories have faded over time. It has been 33 years since that 1981, of course, and some of those thoughts have surely been forgotten even though they were memorable at the time.

SCKE// crafts a very listenable release, and the most important aspect of it is that Sierra Liora (1981) feels like the listener isn’t ostracized from their own memories. It can be a difficult or enchanting album depending on how you listen." MEMORY WAVE TRANSMISSION

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released April 28, 2012

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