Captive Six â€“ Receding Credit Line
Released:Â December 1, 2010
Label:Â Crunch Pod
Review by: Jack Knowles
In a contrast to the aggressive Powernoise of his main project C/A/T, Ben Arp has released the third EP of his delightfully House brainchild Captive Six. Dubbed Receding Credit Line, this sample-focused electro release is a playful record set to put anyone in a good mood.
The opening track â€˜Piggy Went to Marketâ€™ is driven by an active bassline, broken up by 8-bit samples. It sets the tone of the EP well, and is an adequate introduction to the record. â€˜Piggy Went to Marketâ€™ is laid back for the most part, and good for when you donâ€™t know what else you want listen to.Â But there is a dark audio recording at the end, where a man appears to be confessing to someone that they are â€œA beast at night,â€ and has â€œto be crazy to survive.â€ It sets the listener on edge, and subliminally dictates how you listen to the rest of the EP.
Track two â€œConsume Purchase Buyâ€ is another sample driven track of random musings about the music industry. It even opens with â€œEvery time Iâ€™m disappointed with the current state of the music industry, Iâ€™m going drink some Jagermeister,â€ replied by â€œWhat are you gonna do? Why donâ€™t you just buy an IV and put it in your fuckinâ€™ arm.â€ A wobbly bassline reminiscent of Dubstep dominates the track, which works well, but doesnâ€™t vary much throughout. Receding Credit Line doesnâ€™t take itself seriously, though. You could even call it a satirical record. â€œWhat you do is make the same song over and over again, and people love that shit. Like AC/DC,â€ comments Ben.
â€œSeeing a Dwarf Staring at You and Deciding to Follow Itâ€ is a track as serious as its name, with no clear message. Just thumping bass, heavier than the previous two tracks and the same beat with such audio recordings as â€œMagic holy earplugs from the sacred candles.â€ Itâ€™s a decent track, which you can definitely dance to, but too repetitive for my liking.
The EPâ€™s title track â€œReceding Credit Lineâ€ is when the EP kicks it up a notch. For the first time in the record, we hear some vocal work that isnâ€™t sampling, deliciously processed into a heavily robotic sound. The beat is heavily distorted, slightly more dubstep than â€œConsume Purchase Buyâ€ and take on a harsh sound, accurately characterising the state of the economy.
Receding Credit Lineâ€™s closing track, â€œThanks, Buying This EP Funded My tk421 Upgrade,â€ is a very robotic, fast paced track which parodies salesmen and how they persuade you. The sample â€œThis is hi-fidelity. Hi-fi. You know what that means? This is the highest qualityâ€¦ Fidelity you can getâ€, made me chuckle about how the salesperson clearly has no clue what heâ€™s talking about. However, the long sample repeats itself a couple times, making it stale to listen to after a couple times.
Regardless, if you want some laid-back, well produced House that doesnâ€™t take itself seriously Receding Credit Line should be the EP of the moment for you.