Local Producer MAKR Drops Some Damaged Electronics on New EP Pallid Palm
Local producer Mark McGee has conjured up some crackling, bruised electronic noise over the years under banners such as To Kill a Petty Bourgeoisi, RONiiA, and Marijuana Deathsquads. But he has saved his most rugged, dissonant work for under his solo nom de plume MAKR, the project under which he released a new album this week. Longtime listeners won’t be totally surprised that his COVID-19 release isn’t soothing or introspective. Instead, on PALLID PALM he blends together four songs over 18 chaotic minutes, creating a record that is feel as much as it is heard. Saturated drums, chopped-up samples, distorted synths and chainsaw atmospherics create a tense, swirling collection that will leave you gasping for air and checking to make sure your speakers haven’t blown out. While lots of the music I’ve listened to during our isolation period has been intentionally soothing, this record captures all of your anxiety and angst and cranks it up to 11. Listen to and purchase the album below from McGee’s bandcamp page.