15 Aug Co La – ‘Suffering (Tuesday)’
The experimental Baltimore producer Co La dropped the single ‘Suffering (Tuesday)‘ earlier in the week and it’s jagged, unorthodox patterns have been looping in my head all week as I’ve been wondering the busy streets of Buenos Aires.
Maybe it’s the crashing noise at the start or the police sirens, but ‘Suffering (Tuesday)’ sounds like traffic. However unlike the frustrations of peak-hour traffic jams, the tracks clanging and bleeping actually has some fluidity to it. It’s like watching the crazy drivers in Asia continuously, narrowly avoid each other, or one of those intersections in Japan where the lights become green for every pedestrian simultaneously, opening the flood gates for a couple hundred people to quickly weave between each other.
Although the experimental sounds of artists such as Holly Herndon, Oneohtrix Point Never or Actress tend to intrigue the casual listener. Their entire albums are generally considered to be too frustrating for a casual listener. This makes what Co La offers interesting. He is creating space for himself in between those artists and the still highly popular IDM artists.