Cathartic new transmission from the Portland, Maine’s own ID M Theft Able, here re-configured to I’d M Thfft Able. I Suck Am The Eye Suck In The Sky Suck just got unleashed on Montreal’s Brise-Cul Records on a sweet little C23 in a batch including tapes by Vertonen and Echo Beds.
“86.85” occupies the A-Side, with the theftable in full-on digital/collage mode. His sound finds the bridge between classic concretists like Pierre Schaeffer and newer data-processors like D/P/I and Ahnnu. Snatches of pop music deteriorate over broken radio transmissions and tonal drone. Most of the “news” segments that interject relate to age and birthdays.
On the B-side-length title track, age is addressed in an absurdist session of live performance group therapy. As far as I can tell, this was recorded in concert, with Mr. Able leading the crowd through a march of “I suck” and “Fuck It” chants. Some of these self-annihilations become specifically oriented towards the mirror of the internet – seeing your body, aging, digitally, noticing things (weight, skin) that you might not have before. It all has the air of D/P/I’s equally absurd (and beautiful) Elliot Hulse-rework “Depression Session”, but moves the magic off of YouTube and into a communal, physical space.
Pick up the physical/digital copies here – stream below.