DIY cassette label Tandem Tapes began after experimental musician Morgan McKeller moved from Canberra to Jakarta. It specialises in split releases between Indonesian and Australian artists; here, Canberran Reuben Ingall and Indonesian Logic Lost (Dylan Amiro).
I knew of Ingall from his weirdly captivating Microwave Drone Ritual – made cooking a meat pie in a microwave – but I didn’t know Amiro. Such door-openings are part of Tandem Tapes’ goal: “The music – even instrumental music – we experience is still largely defined by language barriers,” says Ingall.
Both sides could be considered ambient – though Ingall’s is glitchy and playful, his goal to make it sound like “a cluttered room with a comfy bed” solidly achieved. Amiro’s two compositions are more new age than ambient: spacey and spectral enough to soundtrack Carl Sagan’s drift through the cosmos on his Spaceship of the Imagination.