Sd Laika, the project of Wisconsin's electronic musician Peter Runge,
debuted with the six-song EP
Unknown Vectors (Lost Codes, 2012), with the
industrial contorsions of Creepy Crawling,
the squealing carillon of Tropic Of Cancer
and the subliminal viscous dance of Spaceman Piff,
followed by the
instrumental album That's Harakiri (Tri Angle, 2014), a collection
of brief cubistic electronic vignettes.
Most of them (notably
Great God Pan)
thrive at the intersection of distorted synth-pop, musique concrete and glitch music, and the dancefloor is mostly a second thought
(with exceptions like the robotic-ethnic dance Meshes).
Runge displays virtuoso skills in the way
Gutter Vibration weds
a warped muffled electronic melody with a rhythm made of synth bubbles and bicycle bells, and in the way a
Remote Heaven dances at a rhythm of typewriter and Morse code,
and in the way a
limping piano melody emerges from sulfuric emissions in You Were Wrong,
like the lonely surviving plant in a postnuclear landscape.
There isn't enough substance (nor emotion) and the album feels like a remix of
the Tonto's Expanding Head Band
for the age of glitch electronica.
Sd Laika then released the singles
Reckless (2014) and
Sanpaku Island (2015), as well as the EPs
Mostly Trash (2015) and
Dreadful John (2015).
Sd Laika returned with the single
Latent Fish (2018).
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